MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation announced today new grants totaling $110,000 to Wisconsin-based Boys & Girls Clubs to fund virtual programming and meals for kids and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. The grants are part of a $900,000 ongoing commitment that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin and its Foundation have made to support Wisconsin nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the pandemic.
“Many families across Wisconsin continue to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19, including access to nutritious food. We’ll continue to support local efforts that are providing relief for our neighbors, businesses, nonprofit partners and health care workers through this pandemic and its aftermath,” said Paul Nobile, commercial president for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. “We’re longtime supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Their work serve our children and their families is needed more than ever.”
Boys & Girls Clubs across the state have been forced to quickly adapt and meet an increased need for their vital services to Wisconsin’s youth.
“This generous support from the Anthem Foundation has made it possible for our organization to serve our community’s youth in new ways during the COVID-19 crisis, all while developing healthy lifestyles and staying true to our mission,” said Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay Executive Director, Lisa Kogan-Praska. “We are grateful for the continued partnership with the Anthem Foundation, especially during this challenging time when our club members need us most.”
Boys and Girls Clubs receiving funding include:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee will utilize the Anthem Foundation funding to support nutrition, academics and mentorship during the COVID-19 health crisis. Since the shutdown began, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee has provided Milwaukee youth with more than 100,000 meals, 350 hours of online educational content, more than 5,000 books, puzzles and educational games, and more. Their staff has also personally connected with club families more than 7,000 times since mid-March to understand their needs and have adjusted their services to meet those needs.
- Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha will use the funding to support its partnership with Kenosha Unified School District and other community agencies to operate a meal distribution site at both the club and the Oribiletti Center in Lincoln Park. The program provides nearly 2,500 grab-and-go lunches and breakfasts each week at the club’s sites. More than 4,000 grab-and-go dinners have been distributed as well, including some meals that are picked up from local restaurants by school counselors and delivered directly to the homes of people in need.
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay will utilize the Anthem Foundation funding to engage youth in virtual programming through the organization’s Cyber Clubhouse. Grant funds will also support weekly care package distributions of healthy food and enrichment activities, with over 800 care packages provided to club families to date. In total, these initiatives are engaging about 300 club members and their families each week.
- Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh will use the grant to continue providing healthy meal kits to 260 people each week in the Oshkosh area. Funds will also support the club’s Happy Healthy Members program, which promotes at-home exercise, healthy cooking and mental health activities.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley will use the funding to continue providing services to an average of 750 children and youth each day via school-age daycare for essential workers, meal assistance (more than 15,000 meals distributed to date), and online educational programming. In addition, they are providing outreach to over 300 middle and high school students, supporting their participation in distance learning and providing resources to help navigate the mental and emotional challenges associated with the pandemic.
Anthem’s Foundation has partnered with dozens of Wisconsin nonprofit organizations to support emergency response, food access, personal protective equipment supplies, education, cancer support, and virtual youth programming. Approximately $680,000 has already been committed to organizations across the state, with another $210,000 slated for emerging needs in the coming weeks and months.
Anthem and its Foundation also continue to work with national partners including the American Red Cross, Americares, Feeding America, Direct Relief and numerous others to ensure access to emergency assistance for individuals and families, and personal protective equipment and training for health workers.
Anthem associates in Wisconsin have logged 600 volunteer hours and donated $100,000 to support nonprofit organizations in their communities. Volunteer efforts have included providing meals to frontline healthcare workers and engaging in virtual volunteering such as online teaching and telephone outreach to people who are isolated.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to improving lives and communities. Through strategic partnerships and programs, the Foundation addresses the social drivers that will help create a healthier generation of Americans in communities that the company serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on critical initiatives that make up its Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets: maternal health, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, heart health and healthy, active lifestyles, behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates’ donations, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more about the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at https://medium.com/anthemfoundation.