Originally published on Humana.com
– 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, the 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 communities most in need of food and nutritional support as identified by Feeding America, along with Humana’s Bold Goal communities including Kentucky, Florida and Louisiana where the company is working to create more Healthy Days and greater health equity for all. Additionally, $125,000 will support those affected by the virus financially, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) application outreach, support for Medicaid members 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 create more places for residents to receive COVID-19 screening tests, including a mobile location.