Thanks to the generous support of the Phoenix community, the “March Out Hunger” food drive raised close to 17,000 meals to help combat food insecurity in our military and veterans community.
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. In the military, soldiers carry heavily-loaded rucksacks, similar to a backpack, over a long distance for training purposes.
“With summer fast approaching and the need for emergency food sure to increase, we rely on great friends like Humana and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to allow us to serve all those in need,” St. Mary’s President and CEO Tom Kertis said. “This year’s ‘March Out Hunger Food Drive’ was not only successful in raising food but in shining light on the problem of food insecurity among our Veterans. St. Mary’s is proud to make our services available to those who have bravely served our country and their families.”
“Last year I was shocked and saddened to discover the impact food insecurity has on America’s veterans, and I knew the VFW had to step up and fight this disheartening injustice,” said VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence. “No one should be food insecure – especially our veterans – and we’re honored to work alongside Humana and community champions like the St. Mary’s Food Bank to help do our part in this important initiative.”
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.
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About St. Mary’s Food Bank
Celebrating its 51st year as the world’s FIRST Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 689 partner agencies at 886 locations in Arizona that serve the hungry. Serving nine of Arizona’s 15 counties, the organization is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. In Fiscal Year 2017-18, the Food Bank distributed more than 88 million pounds of food to Arizona families and children and garnered more than 213,000 volunteer service hours. Web site: wwwStMarysFoodBank.org Phone: 602-242-FOOD.
About the VFW
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,200 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.