Local Partnerships Help Distribute Millions of Pounds of Food to Communities in Need
In the United States, more than 12 percent of households are food insecure. This means that families struggle to afford enough food for all members living in the household. Sometimes this is temporary, but for others, the lack of money or other resources is sustained. And while food insecurity affects people of all ages, proper nutrition is an essential part of a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of foods can have serious effects on a child’s physical and mental health, as well as academic achievement.
Working to address the impact of hunger in our communities through Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative, Health Care Service Corporation partnered with 23 local food banks and nonprofit organizations across our five states in 2016. These partners helped us distribute more than 2.6 million pounds of food to feed more than 509,000 adults and children.
For example, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico has sponsored two senior hunger initiative sites in collaboration with Roadrunnner Food Bank. This contribution is touching the lives of an average of 180 senior households every month.
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