Fighting hunger has always been at the core of our giving. That is why the Arbella Insurance Foundation created the “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” campaign 13 years ago to support local hunger relief programs. Since its inception, Let’s Drive Out Hunger has raised $1,275,000 for food pantries, soup kitchens and food programs in hundreds of New England communities.
The campaign centers on a matching gift program in which the Arbella Insurance Foundation matches donations made by Arbella Insurance Group’s independent agents, on a two-to-one basis, up to $1,500 per agency annually. This year, the program was also extended to all Arbella Insurance Group employees. The Let’s Drive Out Hunger program begins every year in November.
Let’s Drive Out Hunger empowers agents to select food programs in their own communities that they want to support. “Now in our second decade of the Let’s Drive Out Hunger campaign, we continue to see the unwavering generosity of the Arbella Insurance Group’s independent agents who give to local food pantries and charities,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman of the Arbella Insurance Foundation. “We would like to acknowledge the Arbella Insurance Group’s independent agents who are dedicated to supporting the needs of their local communities."
Due to COVID-19, food pantries have experienced a significant increase in demand and are finding it difficult to provide resources. Many people are experiencing food insecurity for the first time in their lives, and hunger often hits closer to home than we might expect. It could be a neighbor, a coworker, a classmate, or a friend, and many people suffer in silence as they take the necessary steps to provide for themselves and their families.
"The generosity of the Arbella Insurance Foundation each year makes it possible for us to purchase grocery and household items at greatly reduced prices,” said Trish Tucke of Westwood Food Pantry. “Those items are then distributed to Westwood residents in need, many of whom are seniors. The contribution and kindness of Arbella and their independent agents are greatly appreciated by all.”