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Giving Thanks: UNITEDHEALTHCARE dishes out $10K to feed local families for holidays

In a gracious jesture, UnitedHealthcare has donated $10,000 to help provide nutritious food for Southern California individuals and families in need during the upcoming holiday season.

The funds will support food and meal programs at Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, Share Our Selves in Orange County and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

“Support from companies like UnitedHealthcare is crucial for meeting the needs of local families this holiday season and beyond,” said Andy Bales, CEO, Union Rescue Mission. “We are grateful for this support because we continue to see great need from children and families who rely on our services.”

“UnitedHealthcare’s support will go far in providing nutritious meals to Orange County residents who continue to struggle financially, especially during this holiday season,” said Nicole Suydam, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

“Share Our Selves is committed to providing critical services to the most vulnerable populations in our communities, and we are thankful to have a wonderful partner in UnitedHealthcare to help further our mission,” said Karen McGlinn, executive director, Share Our Selves.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, Union Rescue Mission serves more than 2,500 meals a day and provides numerous social services for people experiencing homelessness. Share Our Selves provides comprehensive safety-net services to the homeless and low-income residents in Orange County including medical and dental care, case management, food, financial assistance for housing and transportation, utilities and other emergency needs. Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County works with more than 470 charitable organizations to help provide food to more than 240,000 people every month.

“UnitedHealthcare is helping these nonprofit organizations to ensure that no one in Los Angeles and Orange County goes hungry this holiday season,” said David Anderson, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Southern California. “UnitedHealthcare is committed to helping people lead healthier lives, which includes putting nutritious meals on their tables this holiday season.”

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County works to eliminate hunger in Orange County. The Food Bank distributes 18 million pounds of nutritious food through a network of more than 470 local member nonprofits each year. Learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank’s work in the community – and how you can help – at FeedOC.org

About Share Our Selves
SHARE OUR SELVES is one of the largest, most comprehensive, voluntary support agencies providing for the needs of those living in poverty in Orange County. Services include: medical and dental care, counseling, case management, food, financial assistance, legal aid, and special holiday programs. In these difficult economic times, the integral safety net services that SOS provides to the community are more important than ever.

About Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles. It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to men, women, children, and families. For more information please visit www.urm.org or contact Shaeideh Prince, Senior Development Officer 213-347-6300 Ext. 2106

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.