— Partnership with Feeding America will support COVID-19 response funds addressing food and financial needs in communities across the U.S.
— Collaborative effort in greater Louisville area will offer free COVID-19 screenings
The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., announced today it will provide $500,000 in support of coronavirus (COVID-19) relief and recovery efforts, partnering with three organizations to help those affected by the pandemic.
“The coronavirus outbreak is creating unprecedented health and economic challenges for people across the country,” said Bruce D. Broussard, Chairman of the Board of The Humana Foundation. “Our goal with this relief aid is to support those who are particularly vulnerable by providing access to nutritious food, utility assistance and COVID-19 screenings, ultimately bolstering recovery efforts.”
To address urgent and immediate needs, The Humana Foundation will donate $450,000 to Feeding America’s COVID-19 response fund.
Of that total, $325,000 will support food and nutritional needs, first deploying funding to where Feeding America’s research indicates assistance is most needed in Kentucky, Louisiana and Florida, with a special focus on Humana’s Bold Goal communities in those states. The second wave of food and nutritional funding will be deployed to food banks with the greatest need in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois, again representing Bold Goal communities where Humana and The Humana Foundation are working to create more Healthy Days and greater health equity for all.
Additionally, $125,000 will support people affected by the virus financially, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) application assistance and access to other public benefits like Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credit and utility assistance.
“Individuals who were already struggling with food insecurity and financial need are particularly exposed right now as businesses reduce shifts or close altogether in response to quarantine and social distancing efforts,” said Walter D. Woods, CEO of The Humana Foundation. “Lost wages translate to an increased reliance on food banks which is why our support of Feeding America is so critical.”
The Foundation will allocate an additional $50,000 to a collaborative partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville and Norton Healthcare Foundation, helping reduce the virus spread and treat those affected by it in the greater Louisville area. The funds will be used to expand a care center for those requiring acute care, add additional telemedicine capabilities across the region, and, in coordination with the Kentucky governor’s office, create more places for residents to receive COVID-19 screening tests, including a mobile location.