BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee awards $1.75 million to food banks

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee awards $1.75 million to food banks

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.75 million to address food insecurity related to the COVID-19 pandemic statewide.

The grants include awards of $450,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (Nashville), $450,000 to the Mid-South Food Bank (Memphis), $250,000 to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, $250,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee (Knoxville), $250,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee (Tri-Cities), and $100,000 to the Regional Inter-Faith Association (Jackson). The latest round of grants brings the foundation's total 2020 giving to food banks to $5 million, including $3.25 million awarded in March.

"We know many Tennesseans count on their local food banks for help — especially this year," said, BlueCross Foundation executive director Roy Vaughn. "BlueCross understands the vital role these organizations play in our communities, and as part of our mission to provide peace of mind, we're expanding our support to ensure they can continue helping our neighbors in need."

(Photo credit: Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee)

"BlueCross Foundation providing $1.75 million to Tennessee food banks." BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation press release 12/29/2020.