(ATLANTA – August 26, 2017) Saturday, CareSource, Georgia’s only nonprofit managed care organization, teamed up with the Atlanta Community Food Bank for a free food distribution event at Midway Church in Villa Rica.
The food distribution provided healthy and nutritious food for 700 households in Carroll County, which is home to a number of food deserts.A food desert is defined as an area where households have little access to reliable sources of healthy and affordable food, such as vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.
“Many Georgia residents struggle with food insecurity and have a lack of access to healthy and affordable foods, which can be very real barriers to upward mobility,” said Bobby Jones, President Georgia Market, CareSource. “CareSource, in partnership with organizations such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank, is committed to helping Georgia families combat food insecurity by hosting regular food distribution events in communities across Georgia.”
Feeding America, the country’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, noted that 19 percent of all households in Georgia are food insecure. Experts have cited research that demonstrates a direct correlation between food deserts high rates of obesity and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
“We are grateful to have both the financial and volunteer support from CareSource. Their donation to this food distribution will ensure that families in Carroll County will have a place to turn this summer for healthy options,” said Kyle Waide, CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “Through this collaboration with our partner agencies, we will be able to help more clients who face food insecurity each day."
CareSource, which began serving Georgia’s Medicaid population July 1, 2017, is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization with a track record of serving vulnerable and at-risk populations. CareSource, with its Southern Regional Headquarters in Atlanta, offers an innovative and successful Life Services program, which offers one-on-one coaching, support resources, and job readiness and placement opportunities. The goal is to help members reach a self-sufficient stage in their life, and lessen the need for support from government programs.
CareSource is a nonprofit health plan nationally recognized for leading the managed care industry in providing member-centric health care coverage. Founded in 1989, CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans. Today, CareSource offers a lifetime of health coverage to more than 1.9 million members across five states including offerings on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare Advantage plans.
Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource has a workforce of 3,100 employees located across the country. CareSource is living its mission to make a lasting difference in its members' lives by improving their health and well-being. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put health care in reach for those it serves.
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About the Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank works to end hunger with the food, people and big ideas needed to ensure our neighbors have the nourishment to lead healthy and productive lives. Far too many people in our own community experience hunger every day, including children, seniors and working families.
Through more than 600 nonprofit partners, we help more than 755,000 people get healthy food every year. Our goal is that, by 2025, all hungry people across metro Atlanta and North Georgia will have access to the nutritious meals they need when they need them. It takes the power of our whole community to make that possible. Join us at ACFB.org.