Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield will provide another $600k to food banks and food pantries across upstate New York as part of its response to COVID-19.
That includes $170,000 to support the Food Bank of Central New York, where $105k will be used specifically in Cortland, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, and Chenango counties.
The remaining $65k support food programs in Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties.
“We are thrilled to partner with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield,” said Karen Belcher, Interim Executive Director at Food Bank of Central New York. “Their support will help us provide nutritious food to more than 159,000 individuals throughout these eight counties.”
Prior to the outbreak, nearly 14 percent of New York households struggled with hunger including at least a million children, a problem that’s been intensified over the last several months.
“The ability to earn a paycheck and feed a family are at risk for many people because of the coronavirus and its impact on the economy,” said Excellus BCBS Regional President Mark Muthumbi. “A growing number of people in our community are facing food insecurity. Good health begins with good food. We saw an opportunity to help by supporting food banks and food pantries that are under pressure because of the increased need in our communities.”