UnitedHealthcare-Louisiana Employees Donate Time To Support Second Harvest Food Bank Of Greater New Orleans And Acadiana

(Standing L to R): Lynn Wood, Heidi Melerine, Nelson Rains, Melissa Chambers, Ayn Cook, Mona McLean, Joe Ochipinti, CEO of UnitedHealthcare-Gulf States; Rachel Vidrine, Eric Johnson, Scott Chapman, Shirley Naquin (Front Row L to R): Sarah Mayhew, Aaron Estes, Christine O’Brien (Not pictured: Jack Shuff, Elizabeth Calzadilla-Fiallo and Sam Mayhew) Photo courtesy of UnitedHealthcare-Gulf States

NEW ORLEANS – UnitedHealthcare-Louisiana employees spent a hot summer afternoon on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in the warehouse at Second Harvest Food Bank packing boxes with food donations that will be distributed to those in need in throughout the greater New Orleans community and region.

         According to Second Harvest Food Bank, one in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger. Also, the rising cost of food, housing, and utilities, coupled with Louisiana’s high unemployment rate and low-wage jobs have increased the need for emergency food assistance across the state and region.

         Second Harvest, with the help of thousands of community volunteers like those from UnitedHealthcare, helps provide food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes and is the largest anti-hunger network in the state.

         The employee volunteer event, one of many that UnitedHealthcare employees participate in each year, followed a UnitedHealthcare Town Hall staff meeting which was held in the morning at the health insurer’s Metairie-based offices.

         UnitedHealthcare reps said they are dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with one million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide, they said.

          UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

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