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The COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately impacted vulnerable populations, leading to increased food insecurity, underemployment and unemployment, and barriers to access to healthcare resources. It takes deep collaboration and an unprecedented mobilization of resources to protect lives, livelihoods, and communities during and following the outbreak. Here are a few examples of the action we’re taking with others to help those who need it most.

Addressing food insecurity

The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the already massive challenge of food access and affordability for millions of people. Our pro bono support of several food banks helps them ensure that during this time of great uncertainty, they can provide nutritious food to the most vulnerable people in their communities—including many who are now facing hunger for the first time.
We are supporting Feeding America to optimize their supply chain, improving their ability to reduce food insecurity for the more than 54 million people across the United States who are currently estimated to be food insecure. The work will help Feeding America to better understand local needs, identify sources of food to close the demand/supply gap, and improve front-line operations to safely and efficiently deliver food where it’s needed.
We helped the Greater Chicago Food Depository to organize and analyze vast amounts of community data in order to improve the Food Depository’s ability to prioritize neighborhoods in greatest need of support, optimize food distribution, reduce food spoilage and improve nutritional equity. Our work together enables the Food Depository to better serve over 800,000 residents across 200 communities within Cook County through the efforts of more than 20,000 volunteers.
We supported Second Harvest to establish operational modeling capabilities to forecast county-level food insecurity, understand potential sources to fill that gap, and raise awareness across public and private sector leaders to develop innovative approaches to food procurement, supply chain expansion, and community response planning. The work is enabling Second Harvest to prepare for surges in demand for food pantry services and optimize their distribution capabilities, strengthening their ability to provide food for people in need across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, and reducing food waste across the system.

Food security and the coronavirus crisis: A view from Feeding America’s COO

– Katie Fitzgerald discusses the efforts of Feeding America, a national hunger-relief organization, to obtain and distribute food amid the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Our other collaborations

In partnership with the MIT Media Lab, #BeatTheVirus leverages state-of-the-art media analytics and a coalition of public health experts, ad agencies, and tech companies to amplify recommended behaviors from the CDC and WHO for staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
We are supporting The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and The Philadelphia Foundation in standing up the PHL COVID-19 Fund. The Fund is dedicated to providing critical support to Greater Philadelphia non-profits that are serving the most vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 crisis in the region. We are supporting the leadership and central program office to help the Fund operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Talent Exchange is an online marketplace from FMI (The Food Industry Association) and Eightfold that aims to help people who have lost their jobs in the coronavirus crisis find work by using AI to match candidates with available roles. We provided our research and insights on the US jobs market across sectors to help better understand employment needs and how they are shifting in the rapidly evolving situation.
We are working with Project Baseline, an initiative founded by Verily (an Alphabet company), to scale access to COVID-19 testing by helping them to standardize their operations, evaluate designs for at-risk communities, and prepare for anticipated future testing needs (e.g., blood and antibody testing).

Match talent with jobs

Eightfold AI, in partnership with FMI and supported by McKinsey & Company, has built an AI platform to match people to the right jobs in companies that are hiring.  Employers can sign up now for Talent Exchange.  Individuals can refer their organizations as well.

Our social impact

Stories about how we’re helping people in need

In Italy and beyond, Generation upskills thousands of healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19

– As the pandemic bore down on Italy, the independent non-profit founded by McKinsey devised a skills program that has prepped 12 percent of the country’s nurses for work in the ICU.

On his first deployment, confronting a pandemic

– This Air Force reservist and McKinsey doctor has joined the fight against coronavirus in New York.

McKinsey volunteers and alums team up to feed healthcare workers and keep local restaurants afloat

– Feed the Frontlines, launched by a firm alum, raises community funds to purchase hot meals from independently-owned restaurants for healthcare workers.

A new AI-powered network is helping workers displaced by the coronavirus crisis

– The marketplace is helping US employers respond to a historic shift in labor needs.

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