The United Health Foundation has committed $500,000 to provide urgent assistance to Louisiana residents experiencing homelessness and food insecurity as they face unprecedented hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnerships with Covenant House New Orleans and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans are part of UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) previously announced initial $50 million commitment to fight COVID-19 and support those most directly impacted, including health care workers, hard-hit communities, seniors and people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.
“The COVID-19 public health emergency has compounded the many challenges faced by Louisiana’s most vulnerable residents, such as those experiencing homelessness, hunger or food insecurity,” said Warren Murrell, chief executive officer, Peoples Health and UnitedHealthcare Government Programs, Louisiana. Our partnerships with Covenant House New Orleans and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans will provide critical aid to communities who need it most.”
The partnerships in Louisiana include:
“One in five households in South Louisiana are at risk of hunger. As unemployment skyrockets and schools remain closed, the demand on food pantries is increasing,” said Natalie Jayroe, president and chief executive officer, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans. “The generous support from the United Health Foundation will allow us to provide meals to children, seniors and families who are in critical need.”
UnitedHealth Group, including UnitedHealthcare, Optum and the United Health Foundation, has a long history of addressing homelessness and food insecurity — key determinants of health among vulnerable populations in Louisiana and across the country. The United Health Foundation recently announced $5 million in national partnerships with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the Feeding America network of member food banks, and Meals on Wheels America as part of its commitment to fight COVID-19 and support impacted communities.