The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation Donates $25,000 to God’s Pantry Food Bank to Support Pantries
LEXINGTON, Ky., March 28, 2022 — The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare (“Passport”), announced today a $25,000 donation to God’s Pantry Food Bank (“GPFB”) in Lexington. Funds will support the school-based pantry program, which helps connect students and families experiencing hunger with food and meal resources.
God’s Pantry Food Bank, in partnership with more than 450 food pantries and meal programs, serves 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky. This donation will support established school-based pantries that utilize school resource centers as places where students can get nutritious food to take home for their families.
“Accessing nutritious food is critical to the success of students in our community,” said Ryan Sadler, plan president of Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare. “We’re proud to support God’s Pantry Food Bank and the important work they are doing to assist underserved individuals and families in Kentucky. We are committed to helping our neighbors across the Commonwealth and bridging gaps to ensure all Kentuckians have access to healthy, nutritious meals.”
Food insecurity can significantly impact the lives of children and teens, academically, socially, or behaviorally. To alleviate these issues, seven school-based pantries were established, so students and families can get groceries at a place they already frequent. Each location was chosen based on a variety of factors, including high numbers of free and reduced-price lunch participants, and a limited number of alternate food pantries or meal programs in the areas served.
"School-based pantries provide nutritious food for students and their families,” said Michael Halligan, chief executive officer of God’s Pantry Food Bank. “These programs are an efficient and effective way to increase access to much needed food by meeting those experiencing hunger where they are. We are grateful to Passport for partnering with us to feed Kentucky communities."
A check presentation took place today at God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington.
About The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation
The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established in 2020 by Molina Healthcare, Inc. The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation was created to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations by funding meaningful, measurable, and innovative programs and solutions that improve health, life, and living in local communities.
About Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare of Kentucky, Inc., dba Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare, provides government-funded, quality health care to low-income individuals, and works closely with local providers and community partners to improve health outcomes for members and the communities it serves. Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company that provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through state insurance marketplaces. Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare served approximately 5.2 million members as of December 31, 2021.
About God’s Pantry Food Bank
The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger by working together to feed Kentucky communities. Working through more than 450 food pantries and meal programs the Food Bank serves 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky. God’s Pantry Food Bank distributed nearly 41.8 million pounds of food to nearly 200,000 individuals, including more than 12 million pounds of fresh produce in fiscal year 2021. For more information visit us at www.godspantryfoodbank.org.