Anthem Blue Cross fights food insecurity in California

Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Foundation are strengthening their efforts to combat hunger in California as the state experiences food insecurity levels twice as high as those seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release on Tuesday, Anthem announced its involvement with numerous organizations that aim to reduce food insecurity in the state.

 

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These programs include:

  • Feeding America and CA Association of Food Banks
  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
  • Golden Empire Gleaners
  • California Action Partnership of Kern County (CAPK)
  • Chinatown YMCA
  • Auburn Interfaith Food Closet
  • Dream Center Foundation
  • Koreatown Youth + Community Center (KYCC)
  • River City Food Bank (RCFB)
  • Self-Help for the Elderly
  • WISE & Healthy Aging

Support from Anthem allows these organizations’ initiatives to increase their distribution capacity and reach more communities, the release said.

“Anthem has been part of the California community for more than 80 years. We are proud to join with community-based organizations fighting the increase in food insecurity, which has become worse in the wake of the pandemic,” said Beth Andersen, President, Anthem Blue Cross commercial plans. “More California families than ever are relying on food assistance programs as a result of COVID-19, and we will continue to identify ways to support our communities.”  

Almost one in four Californian’s struggle with food access, according to the California Association of Food Banks. People of color, the elderly, women, and children are especially at risk of needing affordable, healthy food, the release said.