The hunger-relief organization Feeding America announced a $1 million investment from the Caterpillar Foundation to support programs that provide fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income clients.

This grant will allow increased delivery of perishable food to rural or hard-to-reach communities that often are underserved as well as urban and suburban areas with an urgent need for nutritious food. It will help impact Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, including those in the more than 15 states in which Caterpillar Inc has operations.

Feeding America food banks provide assistance to 37 million people struggling with hunger. In 2012, the charity provided more than 800 million pounds of fresh produce to low-income Americans.

“Strengthening our national retail store donation and produce innovation programs is one of the most effective and efficient ways for us to deliver food at a local level,” said Bob Aiken, president and chief executive officer of Feeding America. “Thanks to the generosity of the Caterpillar Foundation, our food banks will be able to distribute much needed food like fresh produce, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat to help feed families in need throughout the nation.”

For more details on how to fight hunger in a community and across the nation, visit www.feedingamerica.org. Access www.caterpillar.com/foundation to learn more about the Caterpillar Foundation.