UnitedHealthcare is donating $50,000 to fund Food Lifeline’s mobile pantry food distributions.About Food Lifeline
Half of the donation will provide gap funding for the Meals for Minds program for the 2016-2017 school year. Food Lifeline’s Meals for Minds program is a monthly in-school food bank for students at Seattle’s Northgate Elementary School, where 75 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches. The Meals for Minds gives Northgate students and their families 22 pounds per student of food including fresh vegetables, milk and chicken. “We are grateful for UnitedHealthcare’s partnership in helping us serve people in our most vulnerable communities,” said Linda Nageotte, president and CEO, Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization that supplies food to different food banks across western Washington. “Our Mobile Food programs help ensure access to fresh, healthy food for children, families and seniors in hard-to-reach areas.”
On Thursday, Oct. 20, several UnitedHealthcare employees will staff the Meals for Minds mobile pantry food distribution from noon to 3 p.m.at Northgate Elementary School in Seattle.
“UnitedHealthcare is partnering with Food Lifeline to ensure children have access to fresh, healthy food and to build healthier communities in Seattle,” said Doug Bowes, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Washington.
The remaining $25,000 will help support mobile pantry food distributions for seniors. Combined, these mobile pantries will provide 130,000 meals to people for whom getting enough healthy food is a daily challenge.
Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline’s mission is to end hunger in Western Washington by engaging communities and mobilizing resources. Food Lifeline feeds hungry families by working with the food industry “from farm to fork” to rescue unmarketable food at all stages of the food chain and then creates innovative, logistical solutions and programs to meet the need. Thanks to your support, we provide 91,000 meals to our hungry neighbors every day. That’s why we say “Hunger Doesn’t Have to Happen.” For more information, please visit www.foodlifeline.org.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.