Anthem’s commitment to community runs deep as we strive to improve the health and well-being of those we serve. Food insecurity has been exacerbated by the pandemic, making it an even more critical issue—one that our associates have stepped up to address. During our annual season of service, Anthem Volunteer Days – coordinated in partnership with Lions Club International Foundation – associates dedicated their time to strengthen the communities in which they live and work.
Associates took part in over 50 in-person events across the country, logging thousands of hours of service to help families in need. With 54 million Americans facing food insecurity, many for the first time, Anthem associates came together to alleviate hunger during September’s Hunger Action Month.
Dawn has been a Volunteer Days site captain in New York for several years. She helped lead two events last month because local associates wanted more than one opportunity to serve their communities on behalf of Anthem. At Patroon Farm, our volunteers helped harvest vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. That produce goes to food pantries like Northeastern Food Bank, where both fresh and nonperishable items were sorted and packed into boxes by associates for families in need.
She shared: “I’m thankful to Anthem for creating Volunteer Days and for empowering all associates to volunteer and directly support their communities. This year meant more to me than any other year because of COVID and the sharp increase in food insecurity. At Patroon Farm, we walked through tall, thick weeds to pick rows and rows of eggplants for the farm to bring to the food bank. It’s exhausting work, but knowing that we are able to help bring fresh farm produce to families in need is all the inspiration I need.”
Beyond the in-person events, the Anthem Foundation and one of Anthem’s associate resource groups teamed up to host a virtual food drive. Over 1,800 associates contributed to the food drive, donating 37,264 food items which well surpassed our original goal of 20,000 items. To build upon this effort, the Foundation also provided a matching grant at the retail value of the items donated—over $95,000—to Feeding America, which will help keep food banks stocked during this elevated food crisis.
Our associates are passionate about giving back to their local communities and value the opportunity to do so on behalf of Anthem every year. Despite the ongoing pandemic, our tradition of giving back has never wavered and our work to serve local communities and make a positive difference continues.