RTX and Raytheon are Committed to Ending Hunger

Through its partnership with Feeding America and the North Texas Food Bank, RTX and its business, Raytheon, have made big investments in the communities where they work and live.

A commitment to fighting hunger runs deep at Raytheon, and its parent company RTX.

Much of that work began in 2020 when RTX donated $5 million to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, but its endeavors have only grown from there.

“At RTX, we recognize that hunger is an issue that is not going away, and our goal is to keep partnering with Feeding America to alleviate hunger in communities where our employees live and work, across the United States,” says Natalie Lapacek-Trout, with RTX Global Affairs/Corporate Social Responsibility.

In May 2022, RTX announced a three-year, $3.3 million partnership with Feeding America to support equitable food access and military hunger advocacy work. The North Texas Food Bank received a sizable donation through that grant, and Raytheon, an RTX business, made an additional donation to NTFB during those years.

Its employees also know the value of time. Since 2020, RTX employees in North Texas have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to help the NTFB pack, sort and distribute more than 626,000 pounds of food.

“RTX partners with Feeding America for hunger relief because everyone deserves to discover their potential, and when a person is facing hunger, it’s difficult to see and achieve all they can do for themselves, their families, and their communities,” Natalie says. “Alleviating hunger gives everyone the basic right to be nourished and healthy, giving them a foundation for success.”

Working to end hunger is all part of RTX’s larger vision of making a measurable impact in three distinct areas: lifelong learning, honoring service and supporting communities.

In addition to its work with Feeding America, in 2021, RTX announced its Connect Up initiative, a 10-year, $500 million commitment to advancing equitable opportunities in STEM education, career development and community well-being. Through this initiative, RTX has strengthened its strategic partnerships to provide its 180,000-plus employees meaningful opportunities to connect in their communities and make an impact, including through giving their time at NTFB and other food banks.

“When employees connect through volunteerism, they gain a renewed sense of purpose and satisfaction at knowing they and their colleagues are creating and sustaining lasting change in their communities,” Natalies says.

Natalie adds that RTX also encourages its employees to sign Feeding America’s Campaign to End Hunger and to write to their legislators, asking them to visit NTFB and other food banks so they can understand the scope of hunger in their districts and the ways in which food banks are addressing it.

It’s because of strong partnerships, like the one with RTX, that NTFB is able to continue meeting the elevated needs in North Texas. A new report from Feeding America shows Texas has more neighbors facing hunger than any other state, and NTFB is now providing nearly 400,000 meals a day to children, families and seniors experiencing food insecurity.

“We are so grateful for the generous and critical support of our community, and partners like RTX bring us closer to our goal of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas,” said NTFB President and CEO Trisha Cunningham.