Community Care During COVID: Extending Nourishment Beyond the Physical in San Antonio

As we face down coronavirus, The Humana Foundation’s partners are hard at work, supporting the health of their communities. Organizations receiving Strategic Community Investment Program (SCIP) or Community Partner Program (CPP) funding are pivoting, diverting their resources and energy to where they are most needed. We are sharing stories highlighting our partners work during the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, today featuring a SCIP partner in San Antonio – the San Antonio Food Bank.

 

We are in the middle of a challenging time in our country. People continue to feel the mental, physical and financial consequences of COVID-19, even as states begin to re-open. Meanwhile, many of us – including The Humana Foundation – are calling for changes to eliminate systemic racism, brought to the forefront by Black Lives Matter and civil demonstrations across the country.

Feeding America, the largest network of food banks in the U.S., estimates 17 million additional people, including nearly 7 million children, will become food insecure in 2020 due to COVID-19. That’s in addition to the 37 million people who had issues accessing healthy food before the pandemic.

The San Antonio Food Bank is addressing increased hunger in their community as a result of COVID-19. And, they’re acknowledging that nourishment right now must extend beyond the physical.

Many of you know my story, but probably some of you don’t know that I have a brother in law enforcement. And, I have a brother that was incarcerated. And, that I also – all of us – have a brother in George Floyd, who was murdered. The food bank doesn’t accept poverty. We don’t accept oppression. We don’t accept hunger. What we offer is love. We offer solutions. We offer people coming together to make sure no one feels alone, no one feels afraid, and our community is nourished. Let us nourish those in suffering. Let us be more kind. Let us reach out to the Black community, and let them know we love. Together we’ll get through this.
 

Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank

The San Antonio Food Bank believes poverty is racist and that those experiencing poverty are disproportionally people of color. If poverty and racism go together, then the San Antonio Food Bank believes it is important for poverty-fighting agencies like food banks to stand against racism in all manners.

The San Antonio Food Bank recently held a Day of Service in honor of George Floyd. The day offered the community a way to come together and create more love and kindness while standing against hunger and racism.

Volunteers tended to the San Antonio Food Bank’s garden on the Day of Service in honor of George Floyd.

The mobile mega-distribution held on the San Antonio Food Bank’s June 9 Day of Service included a moment of silence in honor of George Floyd.

On June 9, the San Antonio Food Bank held a Day of Service in honor of George Floyd, joining the community to take a strong stance against poverty and racism. The food bank offered volunteers a chance to increase love and kindness and while taking action against racism by volunteering in their kitchens, warehouse, farm or mobile distributions. More than 500 people volunteered that day, including 250 volunteers at a mega-distribution that served 2,000 households and honored George Floyd with a moment of silence.

Click here to watch a video sharing highlights from the Day of Service.

Although the Day of Service is over, the San Antonio Food Bank is still encouraging people to volunteer in George Floyd’s memory and keep contributing to the fight against hunger, poverty and racism.

 

 

Are you looking for ways to help those impacted by COVID-19? Consider donating to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, established to help the millions of Americans who will turn to food banks for much-needed support via emergency food boxes, drive-thru pantries and long-term support. If you would like to help your community, look for local emergency funds. If you are a Humana employee and want to make a charitable donation or volunteer to aid COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts, please visit Humana Together, Humana’s internal resource for finding and tracking volunteer and giving opportunities. And, if you have volunteer opportunities related to COVID-19 to share with Humana employees, please create a profile with Benevity, the platform that powers Humana Together.

The San Antonio Food Bank is in need of donations and volunteers to help feed the hungry in San Antonio and Southwest Texas, especially as many experience increased hunger during the pandemic.

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