This is just mind-boggling to me. The USDA partnered with the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, McLane Global, and PepsiCo to start a summer pilot program in 2019 called Meals to You. The program aimed to serve 1 million meals to children in rural areas across the U.S.
Due to demand, the program quickly expanded, and as of July 11, 28.5 million meals have been delivered to over 268,000 children across the U.S. And this isn't a single meal we're talking about - each box delivered contains 20 nutritious, shelf-stable meals including 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches / suppers.
This is a great example of some of the 'other areas of public policy' I think we should be exploring to maximize the value of the public-private partnership model. No single partner in this model could do nearly as much as all of them together. Where else can we apply these lessons?
“By working together in new ways and evaluating the challenges and successes of the Meals-to-You program we are learning how best to solve complex problems both now and in the future.”