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17,000 Meals Donated During ‘March Out Hunger’ Food Drive
The “March Out Hunger” food drive raised close to 17,000 meals to help combat food insecurity in our military and veterans community.
The food drive was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Department of Arizona, Humana and St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In the United States, food insecurity affects 1 in 8 people.
The six-week long food drive aimed to bring awareness to the fact that 1 in 5 households served by a local food bank has at least one member who has served, or is currently serving, in the U.S. military.
“Hunger and food insecurity don’t usually come to mind when we think of our military and the veteran community,” said Mark Iorio, Central West Region Medicare President for Humana. “Humana is always looking for partnerships that can help us improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. We are proud to have partnered with the VFW Department of Arizona and St. Mary’s Food Bank to bring awareness to this important issue.”
The food drive kicked off on Jan. 19, 2019, with a rucksack march during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon Series. More than 45 participants carried food in backpacks along the 5K route to bring awareness to food insecurity, raising close to 500 pounds on the first day of the drive.
Last year, Humana partnered with Feeding America (the national network of regional food banks) to stage a series of events throughout the year that drove food donations and raised awareness of food insecurity with a focus on helping veterans. The initiative is continuing in 2019. In addition, Humana is a national affiliate partner of the VFW.