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'Uniting to Combat Hunger' Campaign Raises More Than 50,000 Meals for Kansas City Residents


Veterans, supporters and the community came together to help feed
thousands in Kansas City area

The "Uniting to Combat Hunger" campaign – a collaboration between The
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
, Humana
(NYSE:HUM), Harvesters–The
Community Food Network
and After
the Harvest
– has surpassed its goal of raising 50,000 meals for
local individuals in need. The announcement was made during the Joint
Opening Session of the 119th VFW National Convention held at the Bartle
Hall Kansas City Convention Center.

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The "Uniting to Combat Hunger" campaign was established to raise
awareness and fight food insecurity in the Greater Kansas City area.
Defined as the lack of access to enough nutritionally adequate foods to
live an active, healthy life, food insecurity contributes to poor
health, lower productivity and higher medical costs. This societal issue
impacts one in eight Americans and 14 percent of the Kansas City

Several community-wide initiatives contributed to the campaign's
success, including a volunteer day on June 6 when dozens of employees
from the VFW and Humana picked a variety of fresh produce from a local
Kansas City farm, which was ultimately distributed to area families in
need. Area residents also got involved by donating non-perishable items
to the 60 barrels located throughout the city, including VFW Posts,
Humana neighborhood locations, Partners in Primary Care Centers,
Harley-Davidson, Lockton Affinity and Hy-Vee store locations. The
month-long campaign culminates at the end of the 119th VFW National
Convention on July 25, with convention-goers bringing canned goods that
will be donated to area food pantries.

"With food insecurity affecting one in four veterans, the VFW couldn't
sit idly by," said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. "The VFW is
honored to be part of this important initiative, but with so many
veterans and families struggling to put food on the table, we won't let
our efforts stop here. We look forward to continuing to find ways to
combat food insecurity in the future."

"Humana is proud to have reached this ambitious goal and provide food to
the Kansas City residents who are in need," said Jeremy Gaskill, Central
Region President for Humana. "No one should be food insecure –
especially not the service men and women who sacrificed so much for our
country. We will continue to combat this societal issue as part of our
Bold Goal initiative, which is to improve the health of communities
across the country – including Kansas City – by 20 percent by 2020."

"After the Harvest is proud to have been a part of this initiative,
helping to shine a light on the plight of struggling, food insecure
veterans in our country," said Lisa Ousley, After the Harvest Executive
Director. "We'll continue our commitment to providing nutritious, fresh
fruits and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste to those in need
and seeking food access equity and healthy outcomes for all."

"Harvesters is very appreciative of our relationship with the VFW,
Humana and After the Harvest in fighting hunger among our veteran
population," said Valerie Nicholson-Watson, president and CEO of
Harvesters—The Community Food Network. "This relationship ties well into
our mission of feeding hungry people today and working to end hunger

The community can still get involved by making donations online or at
local food banks. For more information about the "Uniting to Combat
campaign, visit

About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the
nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in
1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of
eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard
and Reserve forces. With 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located
in 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is
proud to proclaim "NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS" than the VFW, which is
dedicated to veterans' service, legislative advocacy, and military and
community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our
website at

About Humana: Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) is committed to helping our
millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our
successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is
helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to
improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading
to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families,
individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care
professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place
for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities,
resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy
services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a
simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more

About Harvesters–The Community Food Network: Harvesters is a
regional food bank and was Feeding America's 2011 Food Bank of the Year.
Serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern
Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related household products to more
than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries,
community kitchens, shelters and others. Agencies in Harvesters' network
provide food assistance to as many as 141,500 different people each
month. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of
Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks,
serving all 50 states. For more information, visit

About After the Harvest: After the Harvest rescues nutritious
fruits and vegetables from going to waste and donates them to agencies
that serve hungry people, primarily in Greater Kansas City. Our
volunteers glean after the harvest, picking what's left in farmers'
fields and picking up already harvested leftover produce. The majority
of the funds we raise helps secure semi-truckloads of donated produce
that might otherwise end up in landfills. After the Harvest, a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit, is the largest produce donor to Harvesters—The Community Food
Network. Learn more at

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