Feeding America is the nation's largest network of food banks, claiming 200 food banks and 61,000 food pantries, kitchens and emergency shelters across the country. The organization was founded in the late 1950s by John van Hengel, when he established the first food bank in Phoenix, Arizona, to collect unwanted food that could then be distributed to the city's poor. Originally America's Second Harvest, the organization was renamed Feeding America in 2008. It also provides programs and resources to educate the general American public about hunger and poverty in the United States, and supports a public policy staff responsible for conducting research and advocating for legal and policy reform.
Feeding America named Matt Knott president of the charity in June 2013. Knott joined Feeding America in June, 2008 as vice president of planning. Prior to Feeding America, Knott was the vice president for Gatorade at PepsiCo He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and holds a master's degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.