ANDOVER, MASS. – With hunger being one of the most important needs in communities impacted by COVID-19, UniCare and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce worked together to host a virtual food drive to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, raising enough funds to provide 30,450 meals to families in the Merrimack Valley area.
"Many families are struggling to put food on their tables each week. Many of them are our neighbors, or friends. With the increased demands for help continuing in the region and across the state, it's critical that we help Massachusetts families access food during this incredible time of need," said David Morales, general manager of UniCare. "We have many strong partnerships in the communities we serve and working with the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce to support this virtual food drive was a great way to leverage our resources and help more families."
Thanks to a $2,000 match from UniCare, this month's drive raised $10,150 from generous donors to support the food bank's mission, as well as solicited nonperishable food items like pasta and cereal for online delivery or drop off at the food bank. UniCare's match is part of an $85,000 commitment UniCare and the UniCare Foundation have made in Massachusetts to support the nonprofit organizations providing essential support during the pandemic.
The Merrimack Valley Food Bank distributes food to more than 50,000 individuals a month in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire in partnership with more than 120 nonprofit food pantries and soup kitchens.