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Supporting Harry Chapin Food Bank

As part of our mission to fight hunger, UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative donated $15,000 to help support five Harry Chapin Food Bank’s mobile pantries in November and December. The food given away at these mobile pantries is projected to total the equivalent of up to 33,000 meals, serve about 1,250 households and have a retail food value of more than $50,000.

“We very much appreciate this partnership and support. Because of UnitedHealthcare, many families in need will receive nutritious food to help feed their children,” said Miriam Pereira, development director, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

With a mobile food pantry, the food bank can quickly distribute large quantities of fresh produce and high-protein foods to low-income clients in need. By bringing in fresh food, transportation barriers are removed for families who cannot reach a traditional food pantry or soup kitchen. A single cost-effective delivery and same-day distribution by a mobile pantry lessens the burden on local food pantries that cannot transport and store large quantities of food to meet the needs of their clients.

The first mobile pantry which was supported by UnitedHealthcare took place on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 1 at G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School in Lehigh Acres. In under an hour the mobile pantry distributed 4,000 pounds of food to 215 individuals.

“UnitedHealthcare is proud to be partnering with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to ensure those who experience hunger have access to fresh, healthy food and to build healthier communities in Southwest Florida,” said Nicholas Zaffiris, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of South Florida.

In addition to the financial support, volunteers from UnitedHealthcare will staff all five mobile pantries which are taking place at different locations in southwest Florida. The remaining four mobile pantries will be Nov. 9, Dec. 1, Dec. 5 and Dec. 9.

Courtney Johnson is a social responsibility program manager at UnitedHealthcare.

 

About the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.

In fiscal year 2015-16, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 20.4 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $34 million, is the equivalent of 17 million meals for people in need. The Harry Chapin Food Bank is recognized as a four-star organization by Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization. The food bank is also a United Way partner agency. For more information or to make a donation, call (239) 334-7007 or visit harrychapinfoodbank.org.


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