EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials with the Tri-State Food Bank made an announcement on Wednesday morning that it’s partnering with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to provide nearly 500,000 meals to an estimated 15,000 households.
Tri-State Food Bank has around 12 mobile distributions per year, but after partnering with Anthem, the volunteer organization will be able to increase that number to 130 throughout the next year.
It’s a big win for the community, especially those who count on meals from the food bank.
“It helps money-wise and travel-wise and everything, especially when you’re low on cash and anything in that area," Delroy Stone said. “We all need some help in some kind of area, so that’s the blessing.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, the amount of food insecure people in the Tri-State ballooned to 155,000, an increase of nearly 31,000.
“For many of them, it’s their first time facing food insecurity and they’re just not sure what to do,” Glenn Roberts, executive director of Tri-State Food Bank said.
But luckily for those people, Anthem and Tri-State Food Bank took the necessary action to help. A partnership between these two will allow the food bank to receive a $195,000 grant towards distribution.
“This was a no brainer for us," Anthem’s Neil Steffens said. “Tri-State does great work. and the ability to help support their mobile capabilities right now, is really just a perfect partnership for us right now and a great way or us to help.”
A box filled with items that several of us take for granted, but for many others, it’s a box filled with hope, as well as one less thing for families to worry about during a time of struggle.
“Big time! Yes sir, it’s going to be a blessing to be able to walk in there, take them something and see them smile,” Delroy Stone said.