Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Directs $260,000 to Address Ohio Food Insecurity in Response to COVID-19
April 30, 2020
- Directed $135,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Cincinnati, Columbus, Wooster, Marietta, Toledo, Hamilton, Youngstown and Orrville to support expanded supplemental food programs, virtual programming, technology and staff.
- Committed $100,000 to Ohio-based Feeding America food banks to fund emergency food programs.
- Provided $50,000 to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio’s Pandemic Emergency Fund to help homeless shelters achieve social distancing and purchase sanitation and hygiene supplies to protect residents.
- Directed $25,000 to the Children’s Hunger Alliance to support meal distribution efforts through community action agencies, recreation centers, schools, libraries and Panera Bread locations across Ohio.
- Granted the Community Shelter Board $25,000 to support food and safe housing programs for those impacted by COVID-19.
- Provided $50,000 to the Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio’s Distress Screening program to identify and address heightened anxiety among cancer patients and survivors. These individuals are uniquely impacted by social isolation and COVID-19’s threat to people with compromised immune systems.
- Directed $50,000 to the YMCA of Greater Cleveland to support child care services for essential workers.
“We have nearly 4 million members and 4,200 associates working and living in every corner of this state – we’re deeply committed to improving lives and communities here,” said Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio President Steve Martenet. “We’re in this together and in addition to supporting Ohio’s nonprofit heroes, we will always stand with Ohio’s health care providers, communities, employers and elected officials.”
Additionally, in observance of National Volunteer Month in April, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is doubling its matching contributions to $2 for every $1 donated by Anthem’s 70,000 associates across the country through May 5. It is also doubling Anthem associate volunteer credits to $20 per hour, which associates can earn and donate to the nonprofit of their choice.
Anthem associates in Ohio have logged nearly 1,000 volunteer hours and donated $110,000 to support local nonprofit organizations. Volunteer efforts have included providing meals to frontline healthcare workers and engaging in virtual volunteering such as online teaching and telephone outreach to people who are isolated.