VISALIA – A local food pantry received a delivery of 26 tons of food this month. But it didn’t arrive in a line of trucks, it came in the form of a check.
On May 2, the Visalia Emergency Aid Council (VEAC) received a $10,000 donation from Humana, a leading health and well-being company, during a presentation at the food pantry located at 217 NE 3rd Ave. in Visalia. The donation will allow VEAC to provide 52,632 pounds of food for its food pantry, which will feed 1,315 families with children.
“Our work depends on the support of our community and partners like Humana,” said Iris East, Development Director of VEAC. “We’re honored to receive such a generous donation that will help us drive forward even more meaningful change in our community. With the cancellation of our annual Fiesta 5K Ole, this donation couldn’t have come at a better time as our ‘Summer Hunger Program’ is about to kick off once school is out.”
VEAC’s firm belief that “no child should go to bed hungry” fuels its passion to alleviate food insecurity for low-income households. It serves the Visalia, Goshen and Ivanhoe communities by providing food, clothing and household goods to families, seniors and individuals in need.
In 2017, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure, equating to 40 million Americans. Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.
“Day in and day out, VEAC provides vital food and services to those in the community who need it most,” said Rick Beavin, California Medicare President for Humana. “We’re thrilled to support this organization and the life-changing work they do every day. Food insecurity is one of the social determinants of health that Humana is working to impact so VEAC’s mission aligns perfectly with ours.”
Since 1931, VEAC has acted as a reliable and constant source of food support for low-income families. In 2018 alone, it helped feed over 13,200 families and logged more than 15,000 volunteer hours.
To learn more or find out how you can support VEAC, visit www.veac.org.