Amerigroup Gives $125,000 to Tennessee Nonprofits to Support COVID-19 Response

  • Funding is part of Foundation’s $50 million commitment for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts to help areas of greatest need, including care provider safety, food insecurity, and behavioral health resources
  • Nonprofits to provide additional support for food access, health care services, social distancing guidelines and virtual programming and learning for local communities

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--()--Amerigroup and its Foundation announced today they are giving $125,000 to nonprofit organizations in Tennessee to support ongoing efforts related to COVID-19, as part of Amerigroup’s continuing efforts to improve lives and communities. The funding is part of the Foundation’s $50 million commitment for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts to help areas of greatest need, including Tennessee nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the pandemic, who have mobilized in response to the crises impacting the local community.

In order to address the immediate needs of Tennesseans, Amerigroup and its Foundation provided funding to the following organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs across West, Middle and East Tennessee received $50,000 to support access to food and digital and eLearning content.
  • Feeding America received $30,000 for local network food banks across the state to increase access to fresh produce. Amerigroup Foundation, as a Leadership Partner, has also committed $1M to Feeding America nationwide to address food insecurity and accessibility.
  • Nashville Food Project received $20,000 to support the ongoing need to address food insecurity for underserved and at-risk youth and seniors in the local community.
  • From Your Father in Nashville received a $10,000 donation to support at-risk single mothers with the provision of food and basic needs, acknowledging the importance of removing a variety of social barriers for this population.
  • Literacy Mid-South in Memphis received $10,000 to address learning gaps for students, providing quality virtual learning and educational materials.
  • Girls, Inc. in Oak Ridge received a $5,000 donation to provide increased food access and eLearning content for young girls, promoting healthy lifestyles and positive self-esteem during these uncertain times.

“Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are learning new and creative ways to deliver our mission while keeping youth safe, nourished, and on track to a great future. None of which would be possible without partners like Amerigroup,” said Eric Higgs, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. “Amerigroup has come alongside us, hand in hand, to ensure the needs of our youth are met through increased safety measures, food distribution, and technology supporting eLearning. We are tremendously grateful for their commitment and support to our young people.”

"The devastation caused by the pandemic has left millions of American households without adequate resources to put sufficient food on their tables," said Teri Sloan, development director, Nashville Food Project. “And while the pandemic is not the cause of this inequity, it has certainly exacerbated it. That's why we're grateful to Amerigroup and its Foundation for stepping in with funding for our mission. It will help us grow, cook and share nourishing meals in the community by helping cover supply costs and fuel for our trucks as well as support for various garden efforts that provide families with the resources they need to thrive."

Amerigroup and its Foundation have partnered with dozens of Tennessee nonprofit organizations to support emergency response, food access, personal protective equipment supplies, education, cancer support, and virtual youth programming. Since the beginning of the year, Amerigroup Foundation has committed over $450,000 in community value to support Tennessee communities.

“Through these uncertain times, Amerigroup and its Foundation are committed to helping our local communities that have been impacted by COVID-19,” said Robert Garnett, plan president, Amerigroup Tennessee. “We understand the immense pressure that is currently being put on our local partners and the importance of their mission to serve our communities. It’s through these strategic partnerships and programs, that we can positively impact our members and local communities in addressing the social drivers that often serve as barriers to health. These efforts are part of Amerigroup’s coordinated response to COVID-19 for members, local community organizations, healthcare workers and frontline responders.”

“At a time when much of our social interaction has gone virtual, I’m thankful for the work Girls, Inc. does to engage with and empower girls in the Oak Ridge community. Far too often children who have the highest need of mental and physical health services do not receive it. With this donation from Amerigroup and its Foundation, Girls Inc. will be able to invest in building healthy lifestyles and self-esteem among the youth in our community who far too often get left behind,” said Lt. Gov Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge).

“The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is one of the many organizations that has gone above and beyond to serve our community during this unprecedented time. Thanks to Amerigroup Tennessee, Chattanoogans will have access to 20,000 additional meals, ensuring that families, children, and seniors experiencing food insecurity will not go hungry,” said Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixson).

Amerigroup associates in Tennessee have logged over 3,500 volunteer hours and donated over $40,000 this year 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.

Amerigroup and its Foundation 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 PPE and training for health workers.

About the Amerigroup Foundation

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional and national organizations, the Amerigroup Foundation 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. Amerigroup Foundation funding is focused on critical initiatives working to address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy Active Lifestyle. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. 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. To learn more about the Amerigroup Foundation, please visit and its blog at

About Amerigroup Tennessee

Amerigroup Tennessee, Inc. helps improve health care access and quality for approximately 420,000 Tennessee residents who participate in the state’s various Medicaid programs. Amerigroup serves Tennesseans by developing and delivering innovative care management programs and services. Amerigroup Tennessee members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. It provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care. For more information about Amerigroup, please visit our website at


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