Amerigroup and its Foundation announced they are giving $125,000 to nonprofit organizations in Tennessee to support ongoing efforts related to COVID-19, as part Amerigroup’s continuing efforts to improve lives and communities. The funding is part of the Foundation’s $50 million commitment for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts to help areas of greatest need, including Tennessee nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the pandemic, who have mobilized in response to the crises impacting the local community.
- Boys & Girls Clubs across West, Middle and East Tennessee received $50,000 to support access to food and digital and eLearning content.
- Feeding America received $30,000 for local network food banks across the state to increase access to fresh produce. Amerigroup Foundation, as a Leadership Partner, has also committed $1M to Feeding America nationwide to address food insecurity and accessibility.
- Nashville Food Project received $20,000 to support the ongoing need to address food insecurity for underserved and at-risk youth and seniors in the local community.
- From Your Father in Nashville received a $10,000 donation to support at-risk single mothers with the provision of food and basic needs, acknowledging the importance of removing a variety of social barriers for this population.
- Literacy Mid-South in Memphis received $10,000 to address learning gaps for students, providing quality virtual learning and educational materials.
- Girls, Inc. in Oak Ridge received a $5,000 donation to provide increased food access and eLearning content for young girls, promoting healthy lifestyles and positive self-esteem during these uncertain times.
“Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are learning new and creative ways to deliver our mission while keeping youth safe, nourished, and on track to a great future. None of which would be possible without partners like Amerigroup,” said Eric Higgs, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. “Amerigroup has come alongside us, hand in hand, to ensure the needs of our youth are met through increased safety measures, food distribution, and technology supporting e-learning. We are tremendously grateful for their commitment and support to our young people.”
"The devastation caused by the pandemic has left millions of American households without adequate resources to put sufficient food on their tables," said Teri Sloan, development director, Nashville Food Project. “And while the pandemic is not the cause of this inequity, it has certainly exacerbated it. That's why we're grateful to Amerigroup and its Foundation for stepping in with funding for our mission. It will help us grow, cook and share nourishing meals in the community by helping cover supply costs and fuel for our trucks as well as support for various garden efforts that provide families with the resources they need to thrive."
“Through these uncertain times, Amerigroup and its Foundation are committed to helping our local communities that have been impacted by COVID-19,” said Robert Garnett, plan president, Amerigroup Tennessee. “We understand the immense pressure that is currently being put on our local partners and the importance of their mission to serve our communities. It’s through these strategic partnerships and programs, that we can positively impact our members and local communities in addressing the social drivers that often serve as barriers to health. These efforts are part of Amerigroup’s coordinated response to COVID-19 for members, local community organizations, healthcare workers and frontline responders.”
Amerigroup associates in Tennessee have logged over 3,500 volunteer hours and donated over $40,000 this year to support nonprofit organizations in their communities. Volunteer efforts have included providing meals to frontline healthcare workers and engaging in virtual volunteering such as online teaching and telephone outreach to people who are isolated.
Amerigroup and its Foundation continue to work with national partners including the American Red Cross, Americares, Feeding America, Direct Relief and numerous others to ensure access to emergency assistance for individuals and families, and PPE and training for health workers.