Humana, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and others are joining forces in a “Uniting to Combat Hunger” campaign to help veterans and others who face food insecurity issues. Food insecurity is a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. According to “Feeding America,” statistics show food insecurity affects one in nine people in the United States.
The Drive is in partnership with United Food Bank (https://unitedfoodbank.org/) and will take place now through Feb. 28, 2020. In addition to food donations, members of the community can provide monetary donations. Every $10 donation helps United Food Bank provide 50 meals. You can make monetary donations at feedaz.org.
“The Uniting to Combat Hunger food and fund drive is a great event, and we hope to continue it in the future. It not only shows the continued support for veterans who are struggling with hunger, but it also gives the community a chance to get involved and give back to the veteran’s community,” said Commander Derek Hulsebus, VFW Post 3713.
The Drive kicked off with a Ruck March at the Humana Rock’ n’ Roll Arizona Marathon Series on Jan. 18 where more than 85 participants marched the 5K route with backpacks filled with food. The food was donated at the finish line to United Food Bank, and the group raised close to 1,000 pounds.
“I had the opportunity to participate in the Ruck March and what an honor it was to walk alongside our military veterans,” said Steve Stedman, Arizona Medicare Sales Director for Humana. “Humana is doing its part to help impact food insecurity among our military veterans’ community because we feel it is important to give back to those who served our country.”
Non-perishable food can be brought to locations throughout the Valley of the Sun, including:
- Humana office, 2231 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
- Iora Primary Care – 12 Valley locations (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.): com/arizona/practice-locator/
- VFW Department of Arizona Post locations: vfw.org/find-a-post
Humana was host to the food and fund drive in Arizona in partnership with Feeding America last year, raising close to 2,800 pounds of food, or more than 2,300 meals. You can learn more about the Uniting to Combat Hunger Campaign online at https://www.vfw.org/uniting%20to%20combat%20hunger