CareSource pledges $100,000 to assist in food distribution during COVID-19 outbreak
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (March 23, 2020) Today, CareSource has announced a $100,000 donation in support of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to provide food for Hoosiers who are quarantined as a result of COVID-19, or the coronavirus.
This donation will help Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to support its member Indiana food banks with the goal of distributing nutritious food directly to individuals in need.
“We are grateful for the generosity of CareSource as our member food banks adapt to respond to the rising need during COVID-19 response. We appreciate the financial support that enables our member food banks to better access the resources needed to serve Hoosiers at risk of hunger and those experiencing hardship as a result of the current circumstances.” Said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director at Feeding Indiana’s Hungry
More than 13.3% of Hoosiers face the threat of hunger, with children facing a food insecurity rate of 17.4%. These same children may be unable to access food that they would normally get at school during a time of quarantine due to the COVID-19 virus. CareSource, much like Feeding Indiana’s Hungry is committed to making a lasting difference in the life of its members by improving their health and well-being.
“At CareSource we know the difficulties around access to healthy food options directly affect individuals’ overall health. In trying times, we are grateful to have the opportunity to provide support to the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Steve Smitherman, Indiana CareSource President. “This partnership offers us an innovative opportunity to assist and protect Hoosiers in need.”
Nutritious food is critical during this period with increased threat of infection, as it can help individuals stay healthy. The period of social distancing has also caused a decrease in volunteers at area food pantries, which are in high demand. To volunteer, healthy individuals should contact their local food bank.