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Gay charity donates $360,000 to help feed hurricane survivors
Gay charity donates $360,000 to help feed hurricane survivors
Funds provide food to America's Second Harvest members

America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network has received $360,000 in donations from the Rainbow World Fund. The funds were donated to the America' Second Harvest hurricane relief fund to help provide emergency food and grocery products to the thousands of Americans still impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

"Rainbow World Fund may be based in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community," said Jeff Cotter, founder and executive director of Rainbow World Fund, "but our work involves helping everyone, everywhere we can. By partnering with America's Second Harvest, we know we've helped make a difference."

America's Second Harvest has to-date distributed more than 72 million pounds of food and grocery products to the areas directly impacted by the hurricanes of 2005, as well as to areas housing evacuees.

"Rainbow World Fund highlights the philanthropic side of the LGBT community," said Cotter. "Our goal is to assist established charities, instead of duplicating current work, by raising awareness and funds."

"We gladly accept this generous contribution from Rainbow World Fund," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of America's Second Harvest. "This donation is helping to feed thousands of Americans who are still impacted by the hurricanes of 2005. Because of caring people in the LGBT community, many hurricane victims will have one less worry as they rebuild their lives."

America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the country with a network of more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The America's Second Harvest Network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually and supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafes. Last year, the America's Second Harvest Network provided food assistance to more than 25 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. For more on the America's Second Harvest Network, please visit http://www.secondharvest.org.

Rainbow World Fund (RWF) is a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and supportive heterosexual humanitarian service agency. Rainbow World Fund's mission is to promote LGBT philanthropy in the area of world humanitarian relief. RWF provides a united voice, a large visible presence and a structure to deliver LGBT charitable assistance to the larger world community.

Founded in 2000, the Rainbow World Fund works to help people who suffer from hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war by raising awareness and funds to support existing relief efforts around the world. RWF accomplishes this by working in the LGBT community educating people about world need. Along with raising our community's consciousness, RWF raises funds to support humanitarian relief projects. RWF partners with international relief agencies to support successful existing projects. By doing extensive research, RWF develops partnerships with the most effective organizations that best reflect its guiding principles: Empowerment, Sustainability, Peacemaking, Measurable Impact and Ecological Awareness.

Currently its work focuses on global HIV/AIDS, water development, landmine eradication and hunger. RWF currently supports projects in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean.

The Rainbow World Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is headquartered in San Francisco.

A RWF press release

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