Nissan has donated $20,000 to the Mississippi Food Network to support their BackPack Program, a program that provides free meals during weekends and school vacations to students who may not be able to access food outside of school lunches.
This is part of Nissan’s ongoing support of children in need in Mississippi. This Nissan donation brings the company’s contributions to the Mississippi Food Network up to $80,000. The donation will enable the BackPack Program to pay for 4,000 meals.
Nissan didn’t just donate money to the cause, though—the company also got its employees involved. Workers at the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi, spent November 22 assembling more than 800 meal kits for the program.
Since 2006, when Nissan first donated to the Mississippi Food Network, the company has funded 15,800 meals, with 98% of contributions going to the BackPack Program. Nissan doubled its yearly contribution in 2016, letting the organization increase the number of students it serves weekly from 60 to 120.
Beyond working with Mississippi Food Network, Nissan has given more than $12 million in grants and gifts to organizations across Mississippi since 2006, when the assembly plant opened in Canton, as well as thousands of volunteer hours in schools and with nonprofits.