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SCAN Health Plan Donates $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank

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SCAN Health Plan has furthered its longstanding commitment to healthy, independent aging with a $10,000 contribution to Second Harvest Food Bank of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The donation is part of SCAN’s ongoing commitment to supporting seniors in the communities it serves.

“Significant decreases in state and federal funding have created financial shortfalls for many community-based organizations,” said David Schmidt, chief executive officer of SCAN, a senior-focused not-for-profit health plan. “At SCAN we feel strongly about ensuring that critically important resources remain open and available to seniors who rely on them, especially for something as basic as a warm meal.”

SCAN’s community giving program is focused on helping to meet immediate needs – and close gaps – in community services.

Funding is provided to community-based, nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to seniors, particularly those providing basic human needs such as food.

To date SCAN has donated $85,000 to organizations supporting senior nutrition across California. In 2009 SCAN launched this outreach effort by donating approximately $385,000 to 44 not-for-profit, community-based organizations statewide. The majority of these contributions focused on senior nutrition, with dollars also going toward long-term care and caregiver programs.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Riverside and San Bernardino counties has worked for the last 30 years collecting donated food from the food industry and coordinating the distribution of that product to over 440 charities located throughout the two counties.

Each month over 1.6 million pounds of food are distributed to agencies such as homeless shelters, community kitchens, daycare centers, halfway house, residential treatment centers, shelters for the abused, and group homes. The Food Bank also provides food to over 4,000 low-income senior citizens each month through senior centers.

“Second Harvest Food Bank truly appreciates the support of SCAN Health Plan in helping us to continue assisting needy seniors during this economic crisis and in the future,” said Daryl Brock, executive director of Second Harvest. As a result of their support, we will be able to continue providing support to a growing population that is often forgotten.”

SCAN’s community giving program is part of the health plan’s larger community outreach efforts, which also include the SCAN Van mobile resource center for seniors and caregivers launched earlier this year, SCAN’s “Trading Ages” senior sensitivity program, the SCAN Resource Centers in California and Arizona, and many other initiatives.

“The growth of the older adult population is impacting communities and families all across America,” said Schmidt. “There has never been a greater need to support community organizations through meaningful and purposeful giving.”

For more than 30 years, SCAN Health Plan has been focusing on the unique needs of seniors and is now the country’s fourth largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan. The company currently has nearly 130,000 members in California and Arizona. Further information may be obtained at scanhealthplan.com.

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