We are proud to announce that we have donated $740.00 to the Lee Food Pantry as part of the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation’s “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” program.
Now in its fourth year, Let’s Drive Out Hunger aims to alleviate the increasingly prevalent issue of food security in Massachusetts. The program pools contributions from agencies with a matching gift program in which Arbella matches donations from any of its nearly 500 independent agents on a two-to-one basis, up to $500 per agency. Over the past three years, Arbella and its partner agents have contributed more than $210,000 to help many of the 400 emergency food programs, soup kitchens, food pantries and food banks across 130 Massachusetts communities.
“Given the economy, hunger is hitting home in our communities more than ever before. More and more families in our neighborhoods are struggling today to secure food and, consequently, food pantries here in Lee and other parts of the state are in dire need of donations,” said John Toole, President for Toole Insurance Agency. “We’re so proud to be contributing to this important effort to drive out hunger and hope other businesses will follow suit. It’s part of our commitment to giving back to our community in meaningful ways.”
A Greater Boston Food Bank study released in February 2010 reveals how the economic downturn of the past few years has increased the need for food assistance nationwide and statewide, as poverty and food security are connected. The food bank served 394,300 people in the greater Boston area last year, a 23 percent increase since the study was previously conducted in 2005.
Similarly, the Project Bread Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts notes that in 2010, 10.8 percent of households were food insecure, the highest rate recorded in the Commonwealth since this data was first collected in 1995.
“Giving back to the local community is part of our corporate citizenship, and I like to think it’s part of our DNA. It is the reason we formed the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, and we can think of no better time to make a push to combat hunger,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman and president of the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation. “Our agents throughout the Commonwealth are incredibly active in their communities. By bundling our contribution with theirs, we can effectively triple the donations they make to needy organizations in their area.”