Florida Blueis investing in community initiatives that support the health of individuals and families living in at-risk communities.
Florida Blue (BCBS Florida), the state’s leading health insurer invested $2 million to address urgent health and safety needs in communities across the state. This investment aligns with the company’s mission to help people and communities achieve better health, as well as Florida Blue’s priority during the COVID-19 public health crisis to protect the health and safety of individuals, communities and the health care system. Contributions provide support for hourly workers, behavioral health needs and other crisis priorities. “Collaboration during a crisis is critical, and Florida Blue is working with coalitions of leaders to support Floridians during these unprecedented times.” said Pat Geraghty, Florida Blue president and CEO
OVERVIEW OF RESPONSE EFFORTS
Recognizing hunger is a critical need during a pandemic, part of the initial $2 million investment will help address food insecurity. This reflects Florida Blue'scommitment to partner with community partners which include:
- 300,000 meals to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
- 125,000 meals to All Faiths Food Bank serving Sarasota and DeSota counties
- 200,000 meals via Harry Chapin Food Bank to assist Southwest Florida residents
- 500,000 meals to Feeding Tampa Bay
Florida Blue Feeding Florida and the Florida Council on Aging to provide meals to seniors, students and families. The Florida Blue team will utilize its campus cafeteria kitchen in Jacksonville to make meals to be distributed by Feeding Northeast Florida.will also work through a partnership with
Recognizing the additional long-term economic and health effects that many hardworking families will face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Bluehelped raise $1.3 million by matching $2 for every $1 donated to the employee’s local United Way impact fund. Florida Blue has led an annual United Way employee campaign for more than 50 years and is currently among the top corporate contributors across Florida.
Florida Blue is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.