UnitedHealthcare Donates $100,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Fight Against Hunger

June 21, 2012
  • Donation and activities part of ‘Do Good. Live Well.’ employee-volunteer initiative to prevent hunger, diabetes and obesity
  • Mobile Pantry partnership will kick off Friday, June 22

UnitedHealthcare has donated $100,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to aid in the fight against hunger. The donation is expected to help feed more than 10,000 hungry children, families and seniors by funding 40 Mobile Pantry deliveries throughout Middle and West Tennessee. Each Mobile Pantry will be coordinated with a local community organization, such as a church, senior center or help center.

The Mobile Pantry partnership will kick off Friday, June 22, at 7 a.m. at Una Church of Christ. People needing food assistance are invited to attend and receive a box of food, including perishable and nonperishable food items, fresh produce, personal care items and household cleaning products. UnitedHealthcare volunteers will work with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee staff and country music duo Steel Magnolia to help sort, package and distribute the food.

“As demand for our services continues to increase, we must be in a position to provide assistance to the growing number of children, seniors and families in Tennessee,” said Jaynee Day, president & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “This partnership will enable us to provide staple food items and fresh produce to more than 10,000 families through our Mobile Pantry program each year.”

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans and to help ensure they have access to fresh, nutritious food,” said Scott Bowers, president, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. “We want to do all we can to help eradicate hunger in Tennessee.”

The Mobile Pantry delivers food directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee partner agencies around Tennessee for one-day, large-scale food distribution. A Mobile Pantry, on average, feeds 200-250 families and supplies around 15,000 pounds of food per day/distribution. The Mobile Pantry is ideal for small food pantries and help centers that do not have a lot of storage space. This program is one of the most effective ways for Second Harvest to provide food assistance to rural communities and is available to all 46 counties in Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s service area. For more information about food insecurity rates and hunger relief programs, visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.

UnitedHealthcare employees have participated in hunger-prevention events in Minneapolis; San Antonio; Salem, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C.; Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif. Other volunteer events are scheduled later this year in cities across the country.

For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or “like” Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 400 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH - News), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

This event is only for educational purposes and no plan-specific benefits or details will be shared.  

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