GREENSBORO, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kontoor Brands Foundation, the private grantmaking organization funded by Kontoor Brands, Inc. (NYSE: KTB), a global lifestyle apparel company led by two of the world’s most iconic consumer brands, Wrangler® and Lee®, proudly announces grants to seven leading nonprofit organizations based in Greensboro, NC. The 2023 recipients were chosen for their innovative efforts addressing food and housing security for high-need community members.
"Successfully addressing the housing and food crisis and providing lifelong education opportunities in our community requires a sustained commitment and forms the basis for the mission of the Kontoor Brands Foundation. Our inaugural grantees play an integral role in caring for local community members and effecting positive change for future generations. We look forward to seeing the positive impact the organizations will make," said Scott Baxter, President, Chief Executive Officer & Chair of the Board, Kontoor Brands.
"At Kontoor, we are focused on making an impact in the communities in which we live and work. Awarding these grants focused on the critical issue of housing and food security to such well-deserving organizations is an exciting step forward in our philanthropic journey,” said Mame Annan-Brown, EVP, Global Communications, Public Affairs & ESG, and President, Kontoor Brands Foundation. “Through these important partnerships, we believe we can create a multiplier effect that strengthens communities, ignites individual potential, and builds new paradigms to address their challenges and ensure lasting positive outcomes."
Kontoor Brands Foundation aims to fund qualifying nonprofit organizations working in the areas of food and housing security and improving access to education in the greater Greensboro community.
For the 2023 round of funding, the Foundation focused on enabling individuals and families to live their lives with dignity. By engaging locally focused organizations, the Foundation is addressing food and housing security and supporting the health and well-being of the Greensboro community.
The 2023 grant recipients include:
Backpack Beginnings: Backpack Beginnings is committed to creating a community of healthy and well-nourished children. Backpack Beginnings’ mission is to deliver child-centric services to feed, comfort and clothe children in need.
Community Housing Solutions: A nonprofit organization supporting homeowners in Guilford County, Community Housing Solutions works with homeowners who fall below specific income levels to make needed repairs to provide safe and decent housing.
Family Service of the Piedmont: Serving more than 19,000 local children and adults each year, Family Services of the Piedmont works to address issues of domestic violence, child abuse, mental health, and financial stability.
Greensboro Urban Ministry: Greensboro Urban Ministry provides food, shelter, and supportive services to community members most in need.
Interactive Resource Center: Working to create a safe space and basic needs for people in the Greensboro community who are experiencing homelessness, Interactive Resource Center is helping those in need reconnect with their own lives and with the community at large.
Partners Ending Homelessness: Working to create housing solutions for those in crisis, Partners Ending Homelessness connects those experiencing homelessness to safe, healthy, and sustainable housing and appropriate resources.
Positive Direction for Youth and Families: Through access to a variety of programs including an emergency food pantry, resource center and community garden, Positive Direction for Youth and Families is working to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the Greensboro community.
About Kontoor Brands Foundation
Kontoor Brands Foundation is the private grantmaking organization funded by Kontoor Brands, Inc. (NYSE: KTB). The Foundation is focused on improving food security, housing access and educational opportunities for those most in need in our communities. Established in 2020, the Foundation is committed to uplifting Greensboro, North Carolina, home to Kontoor Brands’ global headquarters.
About Kontoor Brands
Kontoor Brands, Inc. (NYSE: KTB) is a global lifestyle apparel company, with a portfolio led by two of the world’s most iconic consumer brands: Wrangler® and Lee®. Kontoor designs, manufactures, and distributes superior high-quality products that look good and fit right, giving people around the world the freedom and confidence to express themselves. Kontoor Brands is a purpose-led organization focused on leveraging its global platform, strategic sourcing model and best-in-class supply chain to drive brand growth and deliver long-term value for its stakeholders. For more information about Kontoor Brands, please visit www.KontoorBrands.com.