Amerigroup Louisiana Provides $10,000 to Help Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Recover after Sustaining Flood Damage
Amerigroup Louisiana has donated $10,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank after the organization's Fraenkel Center facility was damaged during the recent flooding crisis. Amerigroup's donation will support cleanup and food restocking efforts.
"Amerigroup and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank have been working together to serve communities across Southern Louisiana for more than three years, and we have seen first-hand how critical food bank services can be for people in need," said Sonya Nelson, president of Amerigroup Louisiana. "This recent disaster has directly impacted many of Amerigroup's members, employees, families, friends and neighbors, so we felt an obligation to help Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to get back on their feet and continue supporting Louisianans who need help."
Record levels of rain recently flooded the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank's 170,000 square foot storage facility and contaminated approximately 500,000 pounds of food. The food bank lost all food stored on lower levels of food racks and in freezers and coolers. Approximately four feet of water also damaged walls, furniture, computer equipment, records and more. The organization has begun cleanup efforts and is currently operating out of temporary facilities.
"We appreciate Amerigroup's generosity and commend their shared commitment to serving people in need in South Louisiana," said Mike Manning, CEO of Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. "Their support illustrates a true commitment to helping neighbors, and we look forward to continued collaboration and success in transforming lives."
Amerigroup Louisiana is one of the state's largest providers of Medicaid managed care services and serves more than 211,000 members across the state. Amerigroup's mission is not only to serve its members, but to also offer social services supports that help transform entire communities. The Amerigroup Foundation also recently announced tens of thousands of dollars in grants made to organizations such as the American Red Cross, AmeriCares and Portlight Strategies to offer support to impacted Louisiana residents. The Amerigroup Foundation has also been matching all of its associate donations to its employee assistance fund and the American Red Cross at 100 percent through the month of August.
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank's mission is to support people in need by providing food, education and other community resources. The parishes it serves include:
- East Baton Rouge
- East Feliciana
- Pointe Coupee
- St. Helena
- St James
- West Baton Rouge
- West Feliciana
To learn more about the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, visit www.brfoodbank.org.
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