An Indiana insurance coverage firm works with Catholic charities to deal with meals insecurity

Posted: Jun 8, 2021 / 3:27 PM EDT
Updated: June 8, 2021 / 10:53 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in announced Tuesday that they would provide $ 661,000 to Indiana banks, including the Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, over the next three years. This funding will help the food banks expand their ability to deliver groceries to Hoosiers and host additional mobile food distribution events.

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“We have been associated with communities for more than 75 years and are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Hoosiers,” said Neil Steffens, president of Anthem’s Medicare Central Region.

Other food banks supported by the initiative include the Community Harvest Food Bank, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, and the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

The Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank has been helping hungry people in the Wabash Valley since 1982, including older adults who often have to decide whether to pay for groceries or buy other everyday necessities, children who go to school on an empty stomach and adults in need of food to feed their families. With Anthem’s support, Terre Haute Catholic Charities will be able to source enough food for up to 430,000 meals that will serve nearly 4,000 households in need over the next three years.

“We are blessed to have the opportunity to work with Anthem to support our efforts to provide nutritious food to families with food insecurity,” said John C. Etling, director of Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank. “Research shows that good nutrition and health go hand in hand. In addition to the financial support this partnership brings to continue our sales of Mobile Pantry in our service area, Anthem will provide families with resources to help them improve their overall health. ”

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