PR Newswire:

On the heels of 2008 grants that delivered more than 72,000 pounds of food to flood victims and helped some 500 communities rebuild their volunteer fire departments, today the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation announced its 2009 grants aimed at activating teens, supporting injured war veterans, and helping food banks and fire departments to better serve their communities.

The giving includes a $200,000 grant to Do Something, a $110,000 grant to Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), a $100,000 grant to Homes for Our Troops and a $65,000 grant to The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). The grants will be designated to support the following programs:

— Do Something
Through the grant from the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation, Do Something, an organization that uses the power of the Internet to encourage teens to get involved in their communities, will create its first-ever disaster relief campaign, including a grant program and a disaster relief section on its web site. Every week in 2009, Do Something will present a teen with a $500 grant to help him or her expand their community’s emergency-response efforts. Additionally, Do Something will conduct a Disaster Preparedness and Response Bootcamp, an in-person training forum for teens. The new emergency response application alone will allow Do Something to affect 20,000 people in the emergency response community.

— Feeding America
For the third consecutive year, the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation will support Feeding America, the nation’s largest food-bank network, by purchasing a refrigerated trailer and enough food to feed a community in the event of a disaster. The contribution to Feeding America in 2008 provided more than 72,000 pounds of food to regions affected by hurricanes. The refrigerated trailer in 2009 will be the fourth of its kind provided by the Foundation.

— Homes for Our Troops