Arbella Insurance Foundation Raises $232,000 for Hunger Relief Programs Across New England
Foundation partners with independent insurance agents to support more than 120 local charitable groups
QUINCY, Mass., April 25, 2017 The Arbella Insurance Foundation (“Arbella”) today announced that the ninth year of its “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” campaign has raised more than $152,016. The campaign centers on a matching gift program in which Arbella matches donations made by the nearly 500 independent agents who represent the insurers within the Arbella Insurance Group, on a two-to-one basis, up to $1,000 per agency.
Over the past nine years, hundreds of donations from independent agents have helped Arbella’s Foundation raise nearly $940,944 for local food pantries, soup kitchens and food programs across more than 100 New England communities. This year, 102 agents participated in the campaign.
“Year after year, our independent agents embrace our Let’s Drive Out Hunger program and generously give back to local food pantries and charities in search of additional aid,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman of the Arbella Insurance Foundation. . “We are honored to partner with our agents in support of their charitable giving, and we are proud to see the positive impact our commitment to fighting hunger has for thousands of New England families.”
Let’s Drive Out Hunger empowers agents to select food programs in their own communities that they want to support. One hundred twenty food pantries across New England received donations this year, including Tri-Parish Ecumenical Food Pantry in Hardwick, MA, Island Food Pantry in Oak Bluffs, MA, Wellspring in Hull, MA, Northampton Survival Center in Northampton, MA, First Congregational Church in West Springfield, MA, St. Raphael’s Food Pantry in Medford, MA and House of Hope in Lowell, MA.
“Thanks to the donations we received from the Arbella Insurance Foundation, the CEOC Food Pantry has been able to successfully serve the growing numbers of patrons struggling with unemployment or reduced work hours,” said Elaine DeRosa, executive director of Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc. “We appreciate the Foundation’s continued support for reducing hunger within our community.”
While advocacy for hunger relief has successfully reduced the number of people and communities in need, there is still work to be done. According to Project Bread’s most recent national statistics, one out of every eight people in the United States are still food insecure. Locally, nearly 700,000 of all Massachusetts families have recently or currently struggle with hunger, and 4.1 percent of households in the state’s poorest communities consistently lack access to food. Despite national economic improvement, in some cases the severity of this need still exceeds levels seen during the height of the recession.
Arbella leads several initiatives to fight hunger and increase access to nutritious food for families and individuals in Massachusetts. In addition to Let’s Drive Out Hunger, other projects include support of Father Bill’s & MainSpring, sponsorship of Interfaith Social Services and the Arbella Insurance Group’s employee participation in Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger.
About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with over $850 million in revenue with over $1 billion in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. The mission of Arbella’s Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.
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