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HealthMarkets’ employees helping with food drive

What a way to close 2016 with another successful holiday food drive for HealthMarkets’ 3rd annual “Help With the Fixings” initiative. Donations will benefit our neighbors in the 13 North Texas counties the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) serves—many of whom are children under 18 who your son or daughter may sit next to in school.

It was a pleasure to partner again with teammates in HealthMarkets’ Compliance department to organize the food drive and collaborate with other departments that helped to collect funds. Compliance staff members find happiness and joy in knowing that although we’re busy in our day-to-day work, we’re able to help others in our community, especially during the holidays. The holidays are a time when we think of others and give gifts. And helping to provide food for some of our most vulnerable neighbors is a gift that can help save lives.

It’s really nice that we were able to receive 215 items and 229 pounds of food and exceed 2015’s financial donation ($700) by collecting $865—which is the equivalent of 4,325 meals. This contribution from HealthMarkets’ employees will help TAFB Partner Agencies distribute food to after-school programs, senior centers, soup kitchens, and other community-aid centers.

Here are some of the ways donations help support TAFB feeding programs:

  • Food donations made it possible for TAFB Partner Agencies to provide 25 million meals in 2016.
  • About 1 million pounds of the food that the TAFB distributes each year come from food drives.
  • Every week, more than 460,000 nutritious meals are provided through TAFB Partner Agencies and other feeding programs.
  • Contributions help provide food to more than 50,000 individuals in an average week and more than 53,000 households each month.

These statistics are a testament of why it’s so important to give to those in need, not just during the holiday season, but every season. It’s heartwarming to know that my coworkers are helping sustain the lives of individuals and families in our community.

If you would like to be a volunteer who supports TAFB’s “vision of communities where no one has to go hungry within reach,” visit http://tafb.org/volunteer. To make a donation, please go to http://tafb.org/donate or call (817) 857-7100.

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