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 more than $1.5 million for food pantries, soup kitchens and food programs in hundreds of New England communities.
Beginning each November, the campaign centers on a matching gift program in which the Arbella Insurance Foundation (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 past year, the program was also extended to all Arbella Insurance Group (Arbella) employees. From November 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021, independent agents raised more than $60,000 and Arbella employees raised nearly $20,000. The Foundation matched these amounts respectively, totaling over $220,000 for 164 pantries across New England.
Let’s Drive Out Hunger empowers agents and employees to select food programs in their own communities to support. “Year after year, we continue to see unwavering generosity from Arbella’s agents and employees,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman of the Arbella Insurance Foundation. “We would like to acknowledge all who donated, especially in these times of immense hardship across our country. Thank you for making a positive impact and for your commitment to fighting hunger in New England.”
Due to COVID-19, food pantries have experienced a significant increase in demand and are finding it difficult to provide resources. Early in the pandemic, the Foundation also launched a new program called Give Food x3, which tripled donations from independent agents and Arbella employees to local food programs. Together, we made a meaningful impact by distributing more than $75,500 to food pantries across New England.
“Since the pandemic began, we’ve seen the number of families struggling with food insecurity double. As a small food pantry, we typically serve 12-25 families every week, but on our most recent distribution day, we served 38 families. Due to increased demand across the region, we’ve relied on individual donations to help source the supplies we need. We are grateful for the contributions of the Arbella Insurance Foundation, long-time supporter Peter Spagone, and our continued partnership with EB Insurance,” said Emily Oliver, Co-director, East Bridgewater Emergency Food Pantry.