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Humana and the Veterans of Foreign Wars provide more than 1 million meals to military and veteran communities 


Volunteers at a food drive event at a VFW post. 

For the second year in a row, Humana and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have partnered in the “Uniting to Combat Hunger” (UTCH) campaign, this year providing more than 1 million meals for veterans, military families and communities in need, surpassing its goal for 2021.

Despite the social-distancing guidelines and challenges the pandemic presented, Humana and the VFW worked year-round to support this important initiative. Activities ranged from hosting socially distanced food drives and collecting monetary donations to hosting fundraising events benefiting local Feeding America food pantries.

“Social factors, like food insecurity and social isolation, have a direct link to the development of chronic diseases and mental health issues for our veteran community,” said Andrew Renda, M.D., MPH, Vice President, Bold Goal and Population Health Strategy for Humana. “We want all veterans to have access to the resources, food or otherwise, that they need to live their healthiest lives. Humana remains committed to honoring and serving our veterans by eliminating barriers to good health.”

A food drive at a VFW post in Athens, Georgia 

“Having easy access to food is something that everyone deserves, but especially those who have put so much on the line in defense of our country,” said Fritz Mihelcic, VFW national commander. “Being able to provide over 1 million meals to families who are struggling means a lot to the VFW, and the VFW remains determined to continue to work toward ensuring no more service members, veterans or their families go hungry.” 

Despite making strides toward combatting food insecurity this year, the issue does not end with the start of a new year. According to a recent survey from Blue Star Families (https://bluestarfam.org/), 14 percent of enlisted, active-duty household respondents reported facing difficulty putting food on the table in the previous year. The UTCH campaign is pushing strongly into 2022, and both Humana and the VFW remain dedicated to addressing the challenges surrounding food insecurity.  

 Volunteers and participants at a food drive event at a VFW post. 

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