McGehee is one of 10 U.S. cities selected as a school pantry town as part of a national effort to fight hunger.

Feeding America and Newman’s Own are partnering with 10 food banks across the United States to provide food for hungry children and their families.

“Nourishing families, especially children, has long been a priority of Newman’s Own,” said Robert Forrester, CEO of Newman’s Own.  “With more than 17 million children in need of food assistance, we are proud to partner with Feeding America to address this growing crisis.”

Newman’s Own is donating $550,000 to the effort.

“The gift from Newman’s Own comes at a critical time,” said Feeding America president and CEO Vicki Escarra, “Millions of people have been struggling to feed themselves and their children since the recession. By supporting the School Pantry Program, Newman’s Own will help those families keep food on their tables.”

Nine additional food pantries will be set up in other cities. Those cities are: Greeleyville, South Carolina; Camden, New Jersey; Dallas, Texas; San Diego, California; Santee, California; San Marcos, California; Vista, California; and South Bend, Indiana.