500,000 — this is the number of free meals Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is pledging to provide to 15,000 tri-state families over the next three years.
With the money specifically targeting low income neighborhoods, like Jacobsville in Evansville.
And Tri-State Food Bank executive director Glenn Roberts says the $195,000 from Anthem is critical, as there is a huge problem with the access and distribution of food. And the funds will double their efforts to help feed hungry mouths, especially with the holidays coming up.
"We would do maybe one dozen a year,” Roberts said. “You, know like one a month, and with Anthem's support, and we're getting support from other organizations and grants, we're going to be doing more 130, 120 of these mobile food distribution over a year. So, it's really accelerating and exploding -- as it should."
As for those Kiwanis Club members who volunteer in Jacobsville regularly, they say this donation is already making a big impact.
"I know how short food supplies can be, and you know to me, just being able to get fresh food into a home,” said Patti Sensmeier. “So, that those kids have things to eat, the parents do, that means so much, we just want to serve those people and we love doing it."
The Tri-State Food Bank is asking for donations and volunteers. If you’re interested in helping out, visit http://www.tristatefoodbank.org/.