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Anthem commits $190,000 to God’s Pantry Food Bank to help alleviate hunger in Central, Eastern Ky.

God’s Pantry Food Bank and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that Anthem is donating $190,000 to the Food Bank to help it provide healthy food to many of the 250,000 individuals who are hungry in Central and Eastern Kentucky and who do not have consistent access to nutritious food.

The financial support will make it possible for the Food Bank to broaden the mix of food it provides individuals in-need as well as provide increased access to the food through more produce-centric direct deliveries throughout the 50 counties God’s Pantry Food Bank serves, through more than 400 partner pantries and meal programs.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. The food pantry and meal programs we work with along with those who are hungry tell us cost and accessibility prevent them from buying or eating enough fresh produce,” said Michael Halligan, CEO, God’s Pantry Food Bank. “Thank you, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, for your generous support for bringing more produce to the plates of the most vulnerable in our population.”

Representatives from God’s Pantry Food Bank and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced Anthem’s $190,000 support of the Food Bank’s work to provide better food for better health of consumers in need.

God’s Pantry Food Bank distributed 40 million pounds of food in 2019, of which more than 13 million pounds is fresh fruits and vegetables. Hunger and access to healthy food options are significant factors that impact the health of hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians each year.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are among the healthiest foods an individual can consume. However, individuals facing food insecurity cannot afford or do not have access to fresh produce. And not eating healthy may lead to significant medical issues, such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

“Anthem has been in the Kentucky community for more than 80 years and we’re committed to doing our part in improving the communities in which we operate as well as helping consumers lead healthier lives,” said Rob Cleary, Regional Vice President of Sales for Anthem’s Medicare Central Region. “We view health through a whole-person lens – one that takes into account not only an individual’s medical needs, but the underlying social, economic, and environmental factors that impact his or her health.

“Addressing the barriers that impede healthier living – such as access to healthy food – allows us to contribute to healthier outcomes and better quality of life for individuals.”

This sponsorship is part of Anthem’s ongoing support of God’s Pantry Food Bank and its network food pantries and meal programs to help individuals improve their health and well-being. Anthem’s donation will mainly assist the food bank’s Produce to Plate Program, which started in 2010 when the Food Bank decided to double its produce distribution.

Lack of access to sufficient, affordable, nutritious food – often called food insecurity – is a significant challenge in Kentucky. Nearly 750,000 Kentuckians face hunger every day. God’s Pantry Food Bank is a part of Feeding America’s national network of food banks across the country.

From God’s Pantry Food Bank

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