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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.
McKinsey provided research and analytic support to Khan Academy as they explored ways to support school districts in the United States to maximize student learning and engagement as they  transition between in-person, hybrid and remote learning environments. With this input, Khan Academy released a new flexible learning index that helps districts self-assess their preparedness to transition between these different learning environments.  We also compiled current practices from education systems around the world and elements included in their hybrid learning readiness, which can inform schools as they prepare for their unique circumstances.
We are a proud partner of the Rework America Alliance, an innovative nationwide initiative led by the Markle Foundation, to help workers emerge from this crisis stronger. The Alliance aims to help millions of workers, regardless of formal education, move into good jobs in the digital economy by accelerating the development of a more effective system of worker training aligned to jobs that employers will need to fill.
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.
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).

Understanding how American workers progress to higher-wage jobs

– Preliminary research findings identify the career pathways that allow workers to move from low-wage jobs to middle-wage or higher-wage jobs.

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

Through a new alliance, helping millions of Americans access quality jobs

– As many as 57 million U.S. jobs are at risk because of COVID-19, and the most vulnerable Americans bear the brunt. A new alliance will help create greater visibility for workers into what opportunities exist and how they can pursue them.

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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