Mobilizing the community of 70,000+ Anthem associates to help drive meaningful change Working alongside nonprofit organizations to take direct community action Rewarding care providers for taking a whole-health approach that recognizes food insecurity Structuring benefits to ensure food security is central to consumers’ whole health needs Anthem’s national reach, deep relationships in local communities, and breadth of resources uniquely position the company to address issues like food security on a national scale – because the company focuses on health, not just healthcare. This is a long-term commitment, and currently, the Anthem Foundation has more than $16 million in grant programs at work to address food insecurity. In 2020 alone, Anthem associates have generated an additional $1 million to food insecurity partners through the company’s matching gifts program. … [Read more...] about Fighting Food Insecurity to Build a Brighter, Healthier Future
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“There’s been kind of a cat-and-mouse game where the state says, ‘hey, here’s a big housing minimum goal you have’… the problem is they treat it like a ceiling instead of a floor,” said Laura Foote, executive director of YIMBY Action. … [Read more...] about State Housing Mandate Doubles What Bay Area Needs to Build
People in America are facing unprecedented hardship: America’s unemployment rate peaked at 14.7 percent and now stands at 8.4 percent; at least 13.6 million people are out of work; nearly 30 million people are claiming unemployment benefits; nearly a million people a week are making first-time jobless claims; more than 6 million people have signed up for federal food assistance (SNAP) benefits since the beginning of the crisis; 1 in 8 Americans, roughly 43 million people, now receive food assistance; and more Americans are going hungry during the coronavirus crisis. … [Read more...] about There’s no debate: America needs an equitable and resilient government
“The immigrant community … are small business owners, childcare providers, clean hospitals and prepare food,” Goei said. “If a specific community is not getting what it needs, it doesn’t just affect that group but the community at large. It’s not just a moral issue, but an economic one.” … [Read more...] about Study Pushes San Jose to Create Immigrant-Inclusive COVID-19 Relief Measures
But Democrats rejected that offer, contending that without more federal funding, state and local governments -- which combined employ about 23.2 million essential workers -- will be forced to lay off employees and cut essential services. Republicans have argued it's a "blue state bailout" for governments they say were languishing financially before the pandemic hit. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus aid stalemate: What are the biggest sticking points?