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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 12, 2017

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana To Volunteer at Food Bank and Present a $20,000 Donation to Support Storm Recovery Efforts

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana will provide valuable volunteer hours this week along with a $20,000 financial donation to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to assist with flood recovery costs. This donation of volunteer time and funds comes at a critical juncture, as the Food Bank continues to rebuild and repair facilities damaged in the August flooding.

“The flood devastation really hit home for us, severely impacting thousands of our members and more than 50 of our employees. Over these last few months, we’ve worked alongside our neighbors to rebuild and embrace togetherness during this difficult time,” said Kyle Viator, market president at AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana. “So many in our community depend on the services of crucial organizations like the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. They’ve been our long-time partner and we feel it’s vital to support their ongoing recovery efforts with a second day of volunteerism in the last year.”

WHO:             AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
WHAT:          20 employees volunteering and a donation of $20,000 to the Food Bank
WHERE:       Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, 10600 S. Choctaw Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70809.
WHEN:          9 a.m. – noon, Friday, January 13, 2017.

Kyle Viator, market president at AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Grover Harrison, director of community education at AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana and Mike Manning, President and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will be available for interviews.

For more information, contact Rachel Koch, PR and Communications Coordinator, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at communications@brfoodbank.org.

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana is a Medicaid managed care plan that participates in the Healthy Louisiana program, helping families get proper care and stay well, and we work with communities in need to achieve positive health outcomes.

Of the more than 190 AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana associates employed at the time of the flooding, most of them based in and around Baton Rouge, more than 150 were evacuated from their homes, 44 were unable to return home for an extended period of time, 16 experienced significant damage to their homes and/or personal property, and eight lost their homes and belongings altogether.