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Feeding America CEO: Quest to fight US hunger crisis amid COVID-19 pandemic her 'greatest honor'
February 21, 2021
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No matter what Claire Babineaux-Fontenot was doing, she always longed to do more.
That longing coupled with the lessons instilled in her by her parents who "were raised to be service leaders" led her to a foundation tasked with fighting the hunger crisis in the U.S.
As the chief executive officer of Feeding America, Babineaux-Fontenot oversees a network of more than 200 food banks that are on a mission to feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other community-based agencies.
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It's a battle Babineaux-Fontenot always knew existed. Now, equipped with the experience of having 107 siblings, holding two law degrees and being a key member of Walmart’s leadership team for more than a decade, she feels ready to fight that battle.
Growing up, Babineaux-Fontenot's parents "couldn't look past children in need," so they welcomed them into their home.
"I come from this remarkable family," she said. "I am one of 108 children through biology and foster care and adoption."