“Do Good / Live Well” Initiative Gifts $10,000 To Fight Local Hunger

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UnitedHealthcare’s check is presented.
UnitedHealthcare’s check is presented.

UnitedHealthcare has donated ,000 to Feeding America Southwest Virginia to help in the fight against senior hunger.

The donation was made in support of AARP and AARP Foundation’s broader “Drive to End Hunger” campaign, which seeks to end hunger among seniors, and is part of the company’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative.

“We thank UnitedHealthcare for its continued support in our efforts to fight senior hunger,” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO, Feeding America Southwest Virginia.  “Nearly 6 percent of Virginia seniors are at risk of hunger, according to a recent AARP Foundation Study, so we need to do all we can to ensure our seniors do not go hungry this holiday season.  UnitedHealthcare’s generous donation will go a long way in helping us achieve that goal.”

“As a company devoted to serving seniors, the struggle of senior hunger is close to our hearts, especially as the holidays approach, when many people participate in food-centered celebrations,” said Mike Weneta, UnitedHealthcare’s Roanoke site director.  “We’re thankful to partner with Feeding America Southwest Virginia to make a difference in the lives of Virginia seniors and to ensure they have access to fresh, nutritious food.”

The $10,000 donation is part of UnitedHealthcare’s continued support of Feeding America Southwest Virginia.  In July, volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and the Salem Red Sox hosted a food drive at LewisGale Field, which was part of a week-long effort to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia.  More than 150 UnitedHealthcare employees participated, and had donated or collected more than 6,400 pounds of nonperishable food items during the food drive.  Since then, UnitedHealthcare employees have continued to volunteer on behalf of Feeding America Southwest Virginia by working at the local food bank and helping sort, package and distribute food throughout the Roanoke Valley.

For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org.