“We are committed to helping our members and those who live in the communities we serve get access to the support and services they need to get and stay healthy,” said Gregg MacDonald, president, WellCare of Florida.
TAMPA, Fla., and JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (PRWEB) January 15, 2015
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) and Farm Share, Inc. announced today that WellCare of Florida and Farm Share will give away more than 120,000 pounds of free, healthy food to Jacksonville’s Northside community on Saturday, Jan. 17. This effort will feed more than 5,000 people. Volunteers will be on hand to distribute the food to the public from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Gateway Town Center located at 5152 Norwood Ave.
“WellCare has a long history of serving Floridians in need, and we are committed to helping our members and those who live in the communities we serve get access to the support and services they need to get and stay healthy,” said Gregg MacDonald, president, WellCare of Florida.
Since July 2014, WellCare of Florida and Farm Share have held eight food donation events and distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food throughout Jacksonville.
“More than 18 percent of Duval County residents are currently hungry or food insecure,” said Frank Ormonde, chief operating officer, Farm Share. “This partnership with WellCare helps Farm Share distribute nutritious food directly into the hands of those residents to improve their quality of life.”
As of Sept. 30, 2014, WellCare serves approximately 628,000 Medicaid plan members, 75,000 Florida Healthy Kids members, 102,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 62,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Florida. To learn more about how the company cares for Floridians, watch Moise’s story at http://youtu.be/DmbKu8U7Ea8.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, Prescription Drug Plans and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind and disabled. 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 https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.
About Farm Share, Inc.
Farm Share’s mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by recovering and distributing fresh and nutritious food to those who need it most. Farm Share, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1991, uses inmate labor and volunteers, to re-sort and package an abundance of surplus food and distributes it to individuals, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and other organizations feeding the hungry in Florida — free of charge. This important distinction makes Farm Share critical to small community groups, located in poor neighborhoods and rural areas, which cannot afford to pay for food. Farm Share administers a combination of USDA commodity programs and produce recovery operations. For more information about Farm Share, please visit the Farm Share website at http://www.farmshare.org.