UnitedHealthcare Gives $10,000 to Feeding America Southwest Virginia in Fight Against Hunger

Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:30am EDT

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ROANOKE, Va.--(Business Wire)--
UnitedHealthcare has donated $10,000 to Feeding America Southwest Virginia. The
donation will fund the organization`s Project 360 Corporate Partnership program
in the fight against hunger. 

Feeding America Southwest Virginia`s Project 360 Corporate Partnership program
provides solutions to community human service needs, including fighting hunger
and providing emergency assistance for disaster victims. In addition to the
company`s financial support, UnitedHealthcare employees pledge to volunteer,
advocate for the thousands of local men, women and children that are struggling
with hunger, and collect food for Feeding America Southwest Virginia as part of
the Project 360 program. UnitedHealthcare was also part of last year`s initial
Project 360 class. 

"We are honored to continue to work with UnitedHealthcare as a Project 360
Partner to provide people throughout Southwest Virginia the most basic human
need - food," said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest

"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Feeding
America Southwest Virginia to ensure more Southwest Virginians have access to
nutritious food," said Mike Weneta, director at UnitedHealthcare`s Roanoke site,
which employs approximately 500 people. 

According to Feeding America Southwest Virginia, one in six people in Southwest
Virginia struggle to put food on the table. Each month Feeding America Southwest
Virginia and its 405 partner feeding programs provide groceries to nearly
250,000 households annually to people in 26 counties and 10 cities in Southwest
Virginia. Every $1 donation will provide $9 worth of food for the hungry. 

The donation is part of UnitedHealthcare`s continued support of Feeding America
Southwest Virginia. During 2011 and 2012, volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and
the Salem Red Sox hosted food drives at LewisGale Field, part of a week-long
effort to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia. More than 150
UnitedHealthcare employees participated, donated or collected more than 14,000
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. 

In addition, UnitedHealthcare became a Guardians` Circle sponsor of Feeding
America Southwest Virginia`s Young Artists Against Hunger Gala, which will be
held on April 30, 2013, at the Jefferson Center. 

The Young Artist Against Hunger Gala is an opportunity to create a collaborative
platform to showcase the talent of Southwest Virginia`s young artists while
generating awareness and support to reach people in need of food assistance. The
artists will include painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, and culinary
and graphic designers. 

About Feeding America Southwest Virginia
Feeding America Southwest Virginia was founded in 1981 and proudly commemorates
32 years of fighting hunger and changing lives through community partnerships.
The Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America. For the last three
decades the Food Bank's ultimate mission has remained the same: eliminate hunger
in the region. The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure large
quantities of food for the hungry. More than 17 million pounds of food and
grocery related products valued at over $25 million are channeled through a
network of more than 405 partner feeding programs (in a 26-county and 10-city
region) that provide food or meals to those in need. Visit www.faswva.org for
more information. 

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives
by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness
needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company
offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers
and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000
physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other
care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people
in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. 

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Mark Drake, 952-931-5836

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