Arizona Diamondbacks staff will join UnitedHealthcare employees today to stuff backpacks with food to support Kitchen on the Street’s childhood hunger program. Both organizations are working together to fight hunger and help the Arizona-based nonprofit feed nearly 700 children this month.
This project supports Kitchen on the Street’s Bags of Hope program. Bags of Hope provides nutritious, kid-friendly meals, which include cereal, juice and fruit cups, to underserved children who do not have access to school lunch programs during the weekend.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Diamondbacks and Kitchen on the Street to help build a healthier community and provide Phoenix-area children access to nutritious food,” said Jeri Jones, west region president, UnitedHealthcare Community & State.
There is a direct correlation between obesity and hunger due to the limited availability of healthy food options. Households with limited resources often try to stretch their food budgets by purchasing inexpensive, energy-dense and filling foods. According to the Trust for America’s Health, nearly one in five children in Arizona ages 10 to 17 are considered obese.
“The Diamondbacks are happy to be able to assist in the community in any way possible,” said Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Helping to solve hunger issues in the Valley is something that is very important to us, and we are proud to be able to partner with past Grand Slam Award recipient Kitchen on the Street and UnitedHealthcare.”
This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism in communities where UnitedHealthcare employees live and work. The D-backs Foundation and Arizona Diamondbacks have surpassed $33 million in combined donations since their inception in 1998, and this season the Diamondbacks have already raised $1 million from their 50-50 Raffle as well as a record $1.8 million at Evening on the Diamond earlier this year.