Additionally, Nationwide raised more than 1 million meals for the Foodbank’s 2009 “Operation Feed” community food and funds drive – representing 30 percent of the campaign total. Since 2000, more than 330,000 families (of four) have received food specifically because of Nationwide’s work with Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
“The exemplary volunteer efforts of Nationwide Insurance have brought a substantial amount of food to the empty tables of those in need year after year,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “This group of dedicated individuals is truly an ambassador for Mid-Ohio Foodbank and for Feeding America.”
“As our oldest and largest partner, Nationwide’s enthusiasm has never waivered,” explained Matt Habash, president and CEO of Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “And, because of Nationwide’s unparalleled, philanthropic leadership, along with the extraordinary compassion shown time and again by the Nationwide family of associates, thousands of hungry people in central and eastern Ohio are able to provide for their most basic necessity --- food.”
“Too many people in our community are struggling to put food on the table, and Nationwide employees are determined to help,” said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Insurance Foundation. “This award belongs to our employees because it honors their generous service to address a critical need in our community.”
Nationwide further demonstrates its commitment to volunteerism by partnering with 19 different regional food banks throughout the country. The Nationwide Insurance Foundation has also donated over $1 million to Feeding America in the past two years.