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Anthem Blue Cross Fights Food Insecurity Amid Growing Need

December 15, 2020

Eleven of the many ways Anthem is expanding efforts across California to help keep individuals and families from going hungry.
Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) and Anthem Blue Cross Foundation are amplifying efforts to ensure individuals have access to nutritious food, especially as more Californians are dealing with the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19. Anthem’s sponsorships and support efforts are enabling community organizations across the state to enhance their distribution capabilities and expand their reach to ensure thousands of meals are reaching individuals in need.
According to the California Association of Food Banks, nearly one in four Californians now struggles with having reliable access to affordable, healthy food. This is approximately more than double the rate of food insecurity in the state before the pandemic. For communities of color, older Californians, women, and children in our state, that number can be as high as one in three.
“Anthem has been part of the California community for more than 80 years. We are proud to join with community-based organizations fighting the increase in food insecurity, which has become worse in the wake of the pandemic,” said Beth Andersen, President, Anthem Blue Cross commercial plans. “More California families than ever are relying on food assistance programs as a result of COVID-19, and we will continue to identify ways to support our communities.” 
While Anthem has a long history of taking action to address food inscurity across California, recent and enhanced initiatives to address hunger include:
  • Feeding America and CA Association of Food Banks: Anthem Blue Cross Foundation is supporting the Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund as well as California Association of Food Banks throughout the state. Anthem’s sponsorship spans 27 food banks that help hundreds of thousands of struggling individuals and families to access food and other necessities amid the pandemic.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD): Anthem Blue Cross Foundation’s support of LAUSD and the school district’s Los Angeles Students Most in Need program has helped provide more than 73 million meals and other necessities for students and families in need while schools are closed due to the pandemic.
  • Golden Empire Gleaners: With Anthem and its Foundation’s support, Golden Empire Gleaners will be able to expand on its Senior Sack Program and delivery of meals and food to Laborers of Love. Anthem’s support will make a significant impact because the food bank relies exclusively on the community for funding – not local, state, or federal resources.
  • California Action Partnership of Kern County (CAPK): The food bank will increase its food distribution capabilities with the purchase of another truck using the funds from Anthem and its Foundation. CAPK will also be able to grow its programs focused on California’s older adults, such as the Senior Food Program.
  • Chinatown YMCA: In response to the impacts of COVID 19, Anthem Blue Cross Foundation provided support to the Chinatown YMCA to package and distribute much-needed food on a weekly basis to approximately 560 households living in the Chinatown area, in partnership with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
  • Auburn Interfaith Food Closet: Anthem provided a generous donation to the Auburn Interfaith Closet which as used to purchase a new walk-in refrigerator and kitchen equipment, helping feed more than 1,000 families per month.
  • Dream Center Foundation: Anthem recently provided a generous donation to support the Foundation’s Restart Learning Center program. Anthem funds are helping the Foundation reach an additional 600 underserved children in some of Los Angeles’ most poverty-stricken neighborhoods to provide healthy meals and other resources to help children thrive while engaged in distance learning.
  • Koreatown Youth + Community Center (KYCC): Together with KYCC, Anthem hosted a distribution of hot food to 300 individuals in need at the parking lot of the Anthem Neighborhood Store.
  • River City Food Bank (RCFB): After RCFB experienced an exponential increase in demand, Anthem raised funds to help the food bank purchase a third refrigerated food truck. The new truck will deliver healthy groceries to senior living facilities, schools with high rates of students from low-income families, partner agencies, and various food distribution sites throughout Sacramento County.
  • Self-Help for the Elderly: As the title sponsor of the Thanksgiving Luncheon organized by Self-Help for the Elderly in San Francisco, Anthem helped the community-based organization serve nearly 2,000 meals to older adults on Thanksgiving Day.
  • WISE & Healthy Aging: With the support of Anthem and its Foundation, WISE & Healthy Aging will be able to implement its senior healthy lunches program, helping provide more than 5,000 meals to low-income older adults on the Los Angeles Westside.
Media Contact:
Michael Bowman
Ph: (916) 584-6043