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Highmark West Virginia supports National Association of Letter Carriers' annual food drive

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (May 12, 2015) — The generous effort of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia (Highmark West Virginia) employees contributed nearly 900 pounds of food in support of the 23rd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. During this national drive, which took place on Saturday, May 9, 2015, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the country collected non-perishable food donations left by their postal customers.

On Friday, May 8, 2015, representatives from the main post offices in Parkersburg, Charleston and Wheeling collected the food donations from each Highmark West Virginia office. Employees from the Highmark West Virginia office in Parkersburg collected 510 pounds of food; the Charleston office donated 194 pounds of food; and the Wheeling office contributed 182 pounds of food. All contributions from this drive will be distributed to local food banks and pantries in West Virginia.

“We are privileged to have the opportunity to assist the National Association of Letter Carriers in their endeavor to help fight hunger,” said Linda Wigal, director of client management for Highmark West Virginia. “I am especially proud of our employees and the exceptional effort they have made to support this drive.”

The National Association of Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive was first established in 1993 as an outgrowth of a tradition of community service exhibited by members of the letter carriers union over the years. Since its inception, it has collected over one billion pounds of food donations for food banks and pantries across the country. With an estimated 49 million people facing hunger every day in the United States, including one in five children, this drive is one way people can help combat the problem locally.

The union settled on the second Saturday of May for the annual drive since food bank donations tend to wane after the winter holidays. This period is also particularly troublesome since the hunger problem is usually at its most critical during the summer when school breakfast and lunch programs — often the only source of stable nutrition for millions of children — are suspended.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 280,000 customers through the company's health care benefits business and also serves tens of thousands of additional members through the Blue Card program. Highmark West Virginia employs approximately 800 people in Parkersburg, Charleston and Wheeling. Highmark West Virginia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Cathy McAlister
Highmark West Virginia
304-347-7754
cathy.mcalister@highmarkhealth.org