Wednesday, 14 April 2010 21:50

Nationwide Insurance Wins Group Volunteer Service Award for 2010

Feeding America has honored Columbus-based Nationwide Insurance with its 2010 Group Volunteer Service of the Year Award for the company’s work with Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the regional food bank that serves nearly a quarter of the state of Ohio.

“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”

Each year Feeding America honors a volunteer group that demonstrates outstanding commitment to service at a local food bank and dedication to feeding the hungry.

Feeding America selected Nationwide because of its long tradition of supporting Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Nationwide employees began volunteering at Mid-Ohio Foodbank nearly 30 years ago. In 2009 alone, more than 2,200 Nationwide associates donated more than 5,800 hours at the Foodbank, sorting and packing food that is distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters in the Foodbank’s 20-county footprint. Nationwide volunteers accounted for nearly one-fourth of all Foodbank volunteers. Nationwide employees also provide leadership to the Foodbank by holding board seats and lending their expertise on various committees.

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.