Arbella Insurance Foundation Raises $158,000 for Hunger Relief Programs Across New England
Foundation partners with independent insurance agents to support more than 115 local charitable groups
QUINCY, Mass., May 10, 2016 – The Arbella Insurance Foundation (“Arbella”) today announced that the eighth year of its “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” campaign has raised more than $158,000. 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. Arbella gave the program an extra boost this year by raising its match limit to $1000 per agency.
Over the past eight years, hundreds of donations from independent agents have helped Arbella’s Foundation raise nearly $785,000 for local food pantries, soup kitchens and food programs across more than 100 New England communities. This year, 123 agents participated in the campaign, up 18 percent from the year prior. These contributions have made a substantial impact; for example, a $100 donation to Project Bread provides a week's supply of groceries to five families, a rate that would turn $785,000 into a week’s worth of groceries for 39,250 Massachusetts families.
“Despite gallant efforts, hunger continues to affect thousands of families in New England and shows no sign of slowing,” said John Donohue, chairman and president of Arbella Insurance. “We’re honored to partner with our independent agents to identify and support essential organizations that help our neighbors in need. It’s our agents’ proactivity and generosity that has made our Let’s Drive Out Hunger program so impactful.”
Let’s Drive Out Hunger empowers agents to select food programs in their own communities that they want to support. One hundred seventeen food pantries across New England received donations this year, including The Open Door in Gloucester, MA, Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans, MA, Open Pantry Community Services in Springfield, MA, East Bay Food Pantry in Bristol, RI, Rhode Island Food Bank in Providence, RI and Foodshare in Bloomfield, CT.
“The Arbella Insurance Foundation’s concern and support for those who struggle with food insecurity is most welcome and much appreciated,” said Matt CastleMan, executive director of Open Pantry Community Services. “It is due to support like this from Arbella that Open Pantry is able to provide services to so many of our neighbors in need.”
Food insecurity continues to be a prevalent issue across the Bay State area. According to Project Bread’s 2015 Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts, more than 255,000 households are food insecure. In 2014, 9.6 percent of Massachusetts households struggled at some point to provide food for their families. In some communities, seven in 10 households are living in poverty. Social service agencies statewide have noted that the need among low-income families is growing in many parts of the state, and in some cases exceeding levels seen during 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, 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 more than $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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