Among the most visible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are its immediate threat to lives and livelihoods. In the background, however, is another serious result of the pandemic—food insecurity.

According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, there are 37 million people—11 million of them children—struggling with hunger in the midst of the pandemic. Effects of food insecurity can include serious health complications, damage to children’s ability to learn and grow, and some older citizens on fixed incomes forced to decide between paying for food or health care.

In April, NISC pledged support for Feeding America by inviting employees to donate to Feeding America or purchase “Work From Home” gear, with a portion of proceeds going to the hunger-relief organization.

NISC chose to continue its support for combating food insecurity via the Co-op Strong initiative during THRIVE ’20, a virtual learning event for NISC Members taking place Oct. 13-14.

“Feeding America is such an inspiration and true example of thriving despite challenging times,” said Susan Imm, NISC vice president of Sales and Marketing.

THRIVE attendees have the option to donate or purchase THRIVE T-shirts, with proceeds going to Feeding America. Shirts can be ordered on the THRIVE Co-op Strong web page. When completing the order, be sure to select “Continue As Guest.” The opportunity to order a shirt in support of Feeding America will be available leading up to and throughout THRIVE.

“Thank you for your support. We can’t do our work without contributions from individuals and corporations, so we are deeply grateful for the funds you’re raising. It’s really a critical time,” said Lauren Biedron, Feeding America vice president of corporate sponsorships.

Hear from Biedron about how you can help make a difference in the fight against hunger: Supporting Feeding America.