Arbella Insurance Foundation Surpasses $1 Million Raised Over 10 Years for Hunger Relief Programs Across New England
QUINCY, Mass., April 23, 2018 – The Arbella Insurance Foundation (“Arbella”) today announced that it has raised $1,070,614 over ten years for its “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” campaign, which supports hunger relief programs across New England. Let’s Drive Out Hunger centers on a matching gift program in which Arbella matches donations made by independent agents who represent the insurers within the Arbella Insurance Group, on a two-to-one basis, up to $1,000 per agency. From November 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018, a total of $129,670 was raised through the program for local food pantries, soup kitchens and food programs in nearly 100 communities across New England.
“In our tenth year of the Let’s Drive Out Hunger campaign, it is truly inspiring to see the continued generosity of Arbella’s independent agents and their dedication to giving back 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 thank our independent agents who have helped us to reach the milestone of $1 million raised over ten years. 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. Nearly one hundred food pantries across New England received donations this year, including ACORD Food Pantry in South Hamilton, MA, Bread & Roses in Lawrence, MA, East Bridgewater Food Pantry in East Bridgewater, MA, Friends of Bourne Council on Aging, Buzzards Bay, MA, Helping Hands Cupboard, Belchertown, MA, Nashua Soup Kitchen, Nashua, NH, Peace of Bread, Whitinsville, MA, Rehoboth Food Pantry, Rehoboth, MA, Salvation Army, Newport, RI, and Worcester County Food Bank, Shrewsbury, MA.
“We would like to thank the Arbella Insurance Foundation for its leadership through the Let’s Drive Out Hunger program,” said Lyndsey Haight, executive director of Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury, MA. “Hunger comes in many forms, and our organization is committed to establishing a community that provides for the whole person with nourishing food, kindness and dignity. Thanks to Arbella, local agents have been inspired to give. Their support has helped us put more than 2,000 meals on the table in 2017.”
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 a recent study, more than nine years after the Great Recession, one out of every 10 households in Massachusetts (about 700,000 people) still lacks the resources necessary to afford enough food for all household members to be healthy.
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 and sponsorship of Interfaith Social Services’ annual Feed the Hungry fundraiser.
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 $800M in revenue with approximately $1.5B 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. The Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. Recognized as one of the Boston Business Journal’s “Top Charitable Contributors” for ten consecutive years, 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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