UTCH 2018

Uniting to Combat Hunger

Veterans Face Food Insecurity During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to Americans across the country, ranging from job loss to food insecurity. However, not being able to have access to enough nutritionally adequate foods to live an active and healthy life is something no one should have to worry about, including our nation’s service men and women. 

To help address this critical need, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships helped Humana identify local VA medical centers with an urgent need to directly donate to amplify efforts in support of food insecurity. 

In addition, as part of Humana’s continued support of veterans, the health and well-being company is working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to leverage the “Uniting to Combat Hunger” campaign to help veterans and their families through this pandemic. This is testament to the power of partnerships as our organizations are on a mission to assist our nation’s veterans at VA medical centers across the country. This approach will ensure donations go directly to our nation’s heroes who are experiencing food insecurity or are at risk of food insecurity, whether it’s providing food, gift cards to local grocery stores or even basic supplies. 

For those who can, we encourage citizens and organizations to join us in this mission and donate to a VA medical center near you to help food insecure veterans. To make a financial contribution, follow the four easy steps below: 

  1. Select your state below then click on the local VA medical center near you or identify which location you’d like to support. This will redirect you to the VA’s donation portal.
  2. From the VA’s donation portal page, select the VA location you’d like to support.
  3. Select a general/all-purpose fund or food pantry program (if available), and type in "Food UTCH" in the additional information box to ensure your donation goes to fight food insecurity. 
  4. Enter your information and donation amount. No donation is too small, as every dollar will go a long way toward helping the veterans in your town have the access to the food they need.

Thank you in advance for your support, as every dollar will go a long way toward helping the veterans in your town have the access to the food they need. 

 

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How Did UTCH Start?

Food insecurity is a societal issue that affects 1 in 8 people in the United States. Across America, 1 in 9 people face food insecurity. This is a serious issue that also plagues our nation’s service men and women, as research shows 25 percent of the nation’s total active duty and reserve personnel seeks aid from food pantries and other charitable programs across the country.

Defined as the lack of access to enough nutritionally adequate foods to live an active, healthy life, food insecurity contributes to:

  • Serious health complications, especially when people facing hunger are forced to choose between spending money on food and medicine or medical care.
  • Damage to a child's ability to learn and grow.
  • Difficult decisions for seniors - often living on fixed incomes - such as choosing between paying for food and critical healthcare.

This is why the VFW and Humana are "Uniting to Combat Hunger" through a collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness and fight food insecurity across the country.

 

We're Not Done Yet!

During the 2019 Uniting to Combat Hunger (UTCH) campaign, donors and volunteers came together in the hope of raising 100,000 meals for food insecure residents of the Greater Orlando area. Not only was that goal met, but it was vastly surpassed with 300,000 total meals provided to food banks in the region. 

This incredible success has encouraged us to up-the-ante and launch the 2020 UTCH campaign nationally, with a goal of providing 500,000 meals. We know it won’t be easy, but with the help of caring volunteers and donors, VFW and Auxiliary members and Humana team members, it can be done. 

We’re asking for your help to make this dream a reality by viewing and sharing the applicable materials on this page. VFW and Auxiliary Posts, and Humana offices are highly encouraged to collaborate, and members of both organizations can sign up to host their own campaign here.

We look forward to this challenge and serving those in need. For more information, please contact us at foundation@vfw.org

 

Help Us Keep Track

If you've recently hosted a UTCH event or food drive, tell us now how much food was collected. Once we have your information, it will be added to our total and counted toward our 500,000 meal goal. Thank you for doing your part to combat food insecurity! 

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