MINNETONKA, Minn.—The United Health Foundation has committed $250,000 to the Food Bank Council of Michigan to provide assistance to Michigan residents experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The support for Michigan’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Initiative is part of UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) previously announced initial $50 million commitment to fight COVID-19 and support those most directly impacted, including health care workers, hard-hit communities, seniors and people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.
The Food Bank Council will use the money to support the purchase of wholesale food for emergency food boxes and distribution to those in need.
“All across the state, we are seeing people stand tall in incredible ways to help those who are struggling during this tough time,” said Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II. “I am grateful for the United Health Foundation’s generosity, which will have a tremendous and direct impact on the lives of countless Michiganders. As a result, we will be able to meet the increased demand at food pantries and address hunger and food insecurity for Michigan residents.”
The United Health Foundation recently announced $5 million in national partnerships with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the Feeding America network of member food banks, and Meals on Wheels America as part of its commitment to fight COVID-19 and support impacted communities.
As Michiganders face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Initiative to accept monetary donations to support critical services. Funds will be distributed through the State Emergency Operations Center established process, based on critical needs. Donations will be allocated to provide food and water, education support for children, and other essential activities as needs are identified. For more information, visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.
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