Anthem and the Anthem Foundation Combat Hunger During Annual Anthem Volunteer Days
Anthem and the Anthem Foundation today announced the start of their largest annual volunteer initiative, Anthem Volunteer Days. This year’s campaign brings critical awareness to the ongoing issue of food insecurity facing the nation with projects that will bring together Anthem associates, their families and friends to help charitable organizations across the country.
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Over 100 employees helped kick off Anthem's annual Anthem Volunteer Days in Indianapolis and helped pack more than 6,000 backpacks for healthy food to be delivered to children in Central Indiana. (Photo: Business Wire)
This year the Anthem team will once again partner with Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world, to identify organizations in the community that need extra assistance with vital resources. From assembling backpacks with healthy food for children to helping prepare meals at community food banks, Anthem teams will be in the heart of communities where the needs are the greatest.
In addition, Anthem associates are actively involved in their local communities identifying specific needs to create dedicated project teams that will complement this year’s campaign and further expand efforts in communities across the country.
Today, one out of eight Americans faces food insecurity - an issue that can have lasting physical effects. Access to affordable, nutritious food plays a vital role in a person’s overall health and well-being. Research indicates that poor nutrition and an unhealthy diet are the leading risk factors for various chronic conditions including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and other diet-related diseases.
For Anthem and the Anthem Foundation, the commitment to improve and expand access to sufficient, affordable and healthy food options for the communities it serves plays a crucial role in improving the overall health of the nation. Both organizations have invested in supporting community based and nonprofit organizations that are focused on addressing issues related to access to healthy food through collaborations with leading organizations such as Feeding America, The Food Trust and Blessings in a Backpack, as well as more targeted populations such as the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education with whom the Foundation is helping address food insecurity among college students in rural parts of Virginia.