For more than twenty-five years, the employees at Premera Blue Cross in Spokane have been “all in” when it comes to making sure our community has access to healthy food. The regional health care company has funded Mobile Market distributions, hosted food drives, sponsored signature fundraising events, supported Second Harvest’s nutrition education efforts and more. Most recently, Premera’s Spokane office committed $75,000 to Feeding Kids First, Second Harvest’s campaign to feed more children facing hunger throughout its service territory.
“I can’t imagine how that would feel for a kid to not know what they’re going to have to eat for the weekend. Food is just such a basic, fundamental need,” said Trevor Moore, sales director at Premera. “Most kids can’t wait until Friday at three o’clock when the bell rings, and yet, if you’re a child who has nothing to eat for the weekend, you probably have a completely different perspective about that.”
This gift will not only meet the immediate needs of children facing hunger but also help build a healthier future for our community.
“Health care can’t fix all the challenges our communities face, such as food needs, but those challenges ultimately do play into the health care system,” said Moore. “We can make contributions in our communities to help influence those things.”
Premera’s gift to Feeding Kids First will help ensure that thousands of children have consistent access to the nutrition they need.
“We have a serious problem in our community,” said Nicole Horgan, director of client services at Vivacity, Inc., a workplace wellness subsidiary of Premera. “Food insecurity—especially for children—has both short- and long-term ramifications for families throughout our area.”
“The experience they have as a child is going to greatly impact how well they do in school, which will impact the decisions they make and their life trajectory,” Horgan continued.
Thanks to Premera’s Spokane office for its commitment to ending child hunger and being a force for good in our community!