Food Packs to Hungerford Elementary
On Friday, March 15 the Magic, UnitedHealthcare and Second Harvest teamed up to deliver food packs to Hungerford Elementary. Delivering the food packs were Magic CEO Alex Martins, Magic VP of Community Relations Linda Landman Gonzalez, Second Harvest VP Agency Relations & Programs Karen Broussard and UnitedHealthcare Director of Account Management for North and Central Florida Todd Guiley along with Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson, Bo Outlaw and the Magic Dancers. Earlier in the week more than 300 people including Magic players Al Harrington and Kyle O’Quinn, Magic Dancers, Magic staff and UHC employees assembled Hi-Five Kids Packs for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The athletes and employees worked together to fight hunger and help the food bank provide 13,500 Hi-Five Packs to underserved children in the tri-county area.
The Hi-Five Kids Packs Program provides nutritious meals to underprivileged children who do not have access to school cafeterias during the weekend. Each Pack contains kid-friendly food such as cereal, fresh milk and juice, fruit cups and more. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida partners with 23 public elementary schools in the tri-county area to distribute the Hi-Five Kids Packs to children who participate in the schools’ free and reduced-cost lunch programs.
“We were grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Orlando Magic and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to make a difference in the lives of underserved children in the tri-county area, and ensure they have access to fresh, nutritious food,” said UnitedHealthcare of Florida, Central North Florida Division CEO T. David Lewis.
There is a direct correlation between obesity and hunger due to the limited availability of healthy food options. Households with limited resources often try to stretch their food budgets by purchasing inexpensive, energy-dense foods that are filling. According to the University of South Florida, nearly one in three children in Florida are either overweight or obese.
“We know how important a simple, healthy meal can be for any child and the direct impact that can have on their education and future,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We were proud to work together as a staff and with our partner UnitedHealthcare to provide youth in our area with healthy food and assist in the fight against hunger in our community.”
This project was the latest in UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism in communities where UnitedHealthcare employees live and work. The Orlando Magic is committed to the youth of Central Florida, serving more than 75,000 children annually with a focus on health and wellness, education, and the arts.
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