One in five households served by a local food bank has at least one member who has served in the U.S. military. To make an impact, United Food Bank; Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Arizona; Humana, a leading health and well-being company; and Iora Primary Care have partnered on a food and fund drive benefiting military veterans from Jan. 18 through Feb. 28, 2020.
As part of the “Uniting to Combat Hunger” campaign, non-perishable food will be collected at locations throughout the Valley of the Sun, including:
- Humana neighborhood location, 5943 E. McKellips Road, Mesa
- Humana office, 2231 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
- Iora Primary Care – 12 Valley locations (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.): ioraprimarycare.com/arizona/practice-locator/
- VFW Department of Arizona Post locations: www.vfw.org/find-a-post
Community members are encouraged to call locations to verify hours of operation before dropping off items.
In addition to food donations, members of the community can provide monetary donations. Every $10 donation helps United Food Bank provide 50 meals. Donations can be made at: feedaz.org.
The food and fund drive will kick off with a Ruck March at the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon during the 5K on Saturday, Jan. 18, in downtown Tempe (start/finish lines: Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway). In the military, soldiers carry a heavily-loaded rucksack, similar to a backpack, over a long distance. To bring awareness to food insecurity among our military and veteran community, participants will carry packs filled with non-perishable food donations and march the 5K route, delivering the food to United Food Bank at the finish line.
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 one in nine people. Food insecurity is a social determinant of health, which are conditions in people’s environment that can affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.
In 2018, Humana partnered with Feeding America – the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States – to stage a series of events that drove food donations and raised awareness of food insecurity with a focus on helping veterans. United Food Bank is part of Feeding America’s network of food banks.
This is the second year Humana has hosted a food and fund drive in Arizona in partnership with Feeding America. Last year’s food drive raised close to 2,800 pounds of food, or more than 2,300 meals.