UnitedHealthcare Gives $10,000 to Feeding America Southwest Virginia in
Fight Against Hunger
ROANOKE, Va. -- 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
“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.
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