Gleaners, Anthem partnership addresses food insecurity
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are renewing their partnership with a three-year, $1.8 million gift to support hunger relief efforts. The funds will support Gleaners’ $25 million campaign, announced last year, addressing food insecurity throughout the nonprofit’s 21-county service area.
“Through funding supporting senior hunger initiatives, food is medicine, and more, our neighbors have benefitted from healthy, nutritious food, and have been empowered with information and assistance in accessing benefits and services to elevate their overall health and well-being,” said Fred Glass, CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.
In addition, Gleaners says the partnership extends beyond the funding: Anthem employees regularly volunteer at the nonprofit’s food distribution facility.
“Anthem is deeply focused on addressing food security and the inconsistent and insufficient access to nutritious food, along with other critical factors that influence the whole health of individuals, families and communities,” said Neil Steffens, president of Anthem’s Medicare Central Region. “We believe that food is medicine, and that consistent access to nutritious food is an essential part of maintaining one’s health and improving overall health outcomes. Through this ongoing partnership and collaboration, we will create greater access to healthy and nutritious food for local Hoosiers.”
Gleaners’ campaign intends to fund strategic capital improvements, increased annual giving, and endowment growth.