Published March 26, 2013
UnitedHealthcare has donated $10,000 to Feeding America Southwest Virginia. The donation will fund the organization’s Project 360 Corporate Partnership program in the fight against hunger.
Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s Project 360 Corporate Partnership program provides solutions to community human service needs, including fighting hunger and providing emergency assistance for disaster victims. In addition to the company’s financial support, UnitedHealthcare employees pledge to volunteer, advocate for the thousands of local men, women and children that are struggling with hunger, and collect food for Feeding America Southwest Virginia as part of the Project 360 program. UnitedHealthcare was also part of last year’s initial Project 360 class.
“We are honored to continue to work with UnitedHealthcare as a Project 360 Partner to provide people throughout Southwest Virginia the most basic human need – food,” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Feeding America Southwest Virginia to ensure more Southwest Virginians have access to nutritious food,” said Mike Weneta, director at UnitedHealthcare’s Roanoke site, which employs approximately 500 people.
According to Feeding America Southwest Virginia, one in six people in Southwest Virginia struggle to put food on the table. Each month Feeding America Southwest Virginia and its 405 partner feeding programs provide groceries to nearly 250,000 households annually to people in 26 counties and 10 cities in Southwest Virginia. Every $1 donation will provide $9 worth of food for the hungry.
The donation is part of UnitedHealthcare’s continued support of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. During 2011 and 2012, volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and the Salem Red Sox hosted food drives at LewisGale Field, part of a week-long effort to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia. More than 150 UnitedHealthcare employees participated, donated or collected more than 14,000 pounds of nonperishable food items during the food drive. Since then, UnitedHealthcare employees have continued to volunteer on behalf of Feeding America Southwest Virginia by working at the local food bank and helping sort, package and distribute food throughout the Roanoke Valley.
In addition, UnitedHealthcare became a Guardians’ Circle sponsor of Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s Young Artists Against Hunger Gala, which will be held on April 30, 2013, at the Jefferson Center.
The Young Artist Against Hunger Gala is an opportunity to create a collaborative platform to showcase the talent of Southwest Virginia’s young artists while generating awareness and support to reach people in need of food assistance. The artists will include painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, and culinary and graphic designers.
About Feeding America Southwest Virginia
Feeding America Southwest Virginia was founded in 1981 and proudly commemorates 32 years of fighting hunger and changing lives through community partnerships. The Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America. For the last three decades the Food Bank's ultimate mission has remained the same: eliminate hunger in the region. The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure large quantities of food for the hungry. More than 17 million pounds of food and grocery related products valued at over $25 million are channeled through a network of more than 405 partner feeding programs (in a 26-county and 10-city region) that provide food or meals to those in need. Visit www.faswva.org for more information.
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 780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.