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anthem game changers Honoree
When the pandemic shut the world down last spring, essential personnel rose to the occasion to provide critical needs for our community. Anthem Game Changers honors the selfless efforts of these people who ensured we still had access to necessities such as food, education, and emergency medical support.
The Anthem Game Changers program is made possible by the generous support of the Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and the Dayton Dragons.
The Anthem Game Changers Program is made possible by the generous support of Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and the Dayton Dragons.
When the pandemic shut the world down last spring, essential personnel rose to the occasion to provide critical needs for our community. The selfless efforts of these people ensured we still had access to necessities such as food, education, and emergency medical support. Today, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio and the Dayton Dragons highlight the Dayton Foodbank, their volunteers, and their partner agencies for being Game Changers during COVID-19.
For nearly 40 years, the Foodbank has served as the primary source of food for the hunger relief network in the Miami Valley. Through a network of pantries, community kitchens, shelters and other charitable programs, the organization distributes food and related supplies throughout the Dayton region.
In a traditional year, their service area covers around 120,000 people, with 34,000 of them being children. However, when the pandemic hit, food insecurity skyrocketed. People across the nation lost their jobs, their pay, and access to their primary source of food. At the same time, the spread of COVID-19 had a tremendous impact on the Foodbank’s operations, as well. They faced difficult decisions about staffing, many distribution points closed, and their volunteer program halted.
Nevertheless, the Dayton Foodbank persisted. They reached out to local National Guard members for help, they set up deliveries for families, and they participated in the USDA Farmers to Families box program – a program that would dramatically increase the amount of food they had onsite. Now open three days a week, their drive-through can see up to 750 unique households per day, where normally they would see 125. Despite the massive increase in food needs and less staff, they made it happen.
Hunger will continue to be a hurdle for many even after COVID-19, and a topic the Foodbank will continue to fight. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio and the Dayton Dragons applaud the Dayton Foodbank, their volunteers, and their partner agencies for their commitment to provide for our community during an unprecedented time, and long after. You are changing the game for many in the community.