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On Thursday, Oct. 20, twenty UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers worked with Food Lifeline staff and volunteers at a Meals for Minds mobile pantry at Northgate Elementary School in Seattle. At this food distribution, over 250 students and their families each received 22 pounds of food including milk, chicken, fresh fruit, vegetables and other nutritious foods.
As part of their partnership with Food Lifeline UnitedHealtcare donated $50,000 to fund the nonprofit’s mobile pantry food distributions, including gap funding for the Meals for Minds program for the 2016-2017 school year. Meals for Minds provides a monthly in-school food bank distribution at Northgate Elementary where 75 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches. The remaining $25,000 will help to support mobile food pantry distributions for seniors. Combined, these mobile pantries will provide 130,000 meals to people for whom getting enough healthy food is a daily challenge.
“We are grateful for UnitedHealthcare’s partnership in helping us serve people in our most vulnerable communities,” said Linda Nageotte, president and CEO, Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization that supplies food to different food banks across western Washington. “Our Mobile Food programs help ensure access to fresh, healthy food for children, families and seniors in hard-to-reach areas.”
Alisa Grande is a social responsibility program coordinator at UnitedHealthcare.
About Food Lifeline
Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline’s mission is to end hunger in Western Washington by engaging communities and mobilizing resources. Food Lifeline feeds hungry families by working with the food industry “from farm to fork” to rescue unmarketable food at all stages of the food chain and then creates innovative, logistical solutions and programs to meet the need. Thanks to your support, we provide 91,000 meals to our hungry neighbors every day. That’s why we say “Hunger Doesn’t Have to Happen.” For more information, please visit www.foodlifeline.org.