WellCare Donates $5,000 to the Keeping the Faith Food Pantry in St. Louis, Mo.

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WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that the WellCare Community Foundation donated $5,000 to support the Keeping the Faith Food Pantry in St. Louis, Mo. The Keeping the Faith Food Pantry is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to supply food and other resources required to sustain and maintain a decent quality of life to families in need within the metropolitan St. Louis area.

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“Hunger is a significant social problem that must be addressed in order to enable families to move from survival to taking preventive actions that help them to get and stay healthy,” said Barbara Witte, state president, Missouri Care.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that the WellCare Community Foundation donated $5,000 to support the Keeping the Faith Food Pantry in St. Louis, Mo. The Keeping the Faith Food Pantry is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to supply food and other resources required to sustain and maintain a decent quality of life to families in need within the metropolitan St. Louis area.

According to Feeding America, one out of every six people and one out of every five children in the United States struggles with hunger. Childhood hunger is particularly serious because proper nutrition is necessary for growth and development. In Missouri, more than 17 percent of people are “food insecure” meaning they have limited or uncertain access to adequate food.

Nearly 10 years ago, LaJuana Michelle, a St. Louis area pastor, started feeding the hungry by taking $100 a week from her paycheck to purchase food and distribute it throughout the community from the trunk of her car. Every week, she would feed at least five families. This effort grew into the Keeping the Faith Food Pantry and became one of her church’s community outreach projects. Today, the Keeping the Faith Food Pantry is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and has fed more than 47,000 families.

“When I think about how many people we have helped, I know that all of the sacrifices my family has made have been worth it,” said Michelle, now pastor of the Keeping the Faith Empowerment Center. “With the recent unrest in Ferguson, including the burning of the local convenience store, the Keeping the Faith Pantry has become even more of a lifeline for many people. This wonderful gift from WellCare will go a long way to help so many families.”

“Hunger is a significant social problem that must be addressed in order to enable families to move from survival to taking preventive actions that help them to get and stay healthy,” said Barbara Witte, state president, Missouri Care. “Missouri Care is focused on helping those who live in the St. Louis community and the more than 39,000 members we serve in this area get access to the care and services they need to have the best quality of life possible.”

Pastor Michelle and the Keeping the Faith Food Pantry are working to do more to help the homeless and those who do not have a place to cook food by purchasing a food truck to cook hot meals and deliver them throughout the community. To learn more about the Keeping the Faith Food Pantry and ways to support their mission, go to http://www.ktfec.org or call 314-736-1378.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company serves approximately 4 million members nationwide as of Sept. 30, 2014. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at http://www.wellcare.com or view the company’s videos at http://youtu.be/tWeMyxFaxgE.

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