Battling Hunger From Within WoodmenLife Tower
With full hearts and a bit of muscle, WoodmenLife associates took aim in the fight against hunger in September. Their efforts coincided with Hunger Action Month and furthered the company’s National Community Focus to stamp out hunger.
WoodmenLife Tower was bathed in orange for four nights to remind the Omaha community of the pressing need to feed young and old alike in food-insecure households.
Then associates sprang to action.
They came to a food truck luncheon that supported Food Bank for the Heartland, which provides emergency and supplemental food to those in need in Nebraska and western Iowa. The proceeds from the “Eat Lunch, Fight Hunger” event targeted childhood hunger.
The WoodmenLife family turned out again a week later to buoy the Crescent Food Pantry, which was founded in 2014 by Tammy Meyer, an associate in Core Operations. That Iowa nonprofit received $4,552 following a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, giving bags, donations, and silent auction. The raffle winner warmed hearts by donating the $300 she won to the pantry to further their mission.
With some tasty activities behind them, 40 Home Office associates rolled up their sleeves for a Chapter 16 Pack the Pantry event. The chapter purchased the food from Hy-Vee grocery stores and Food Bank for the Heartland to fill more than 500 bags that were to be distributed via the food bank’s mobile pantry.
WoodmenLife associates are always eager to contribute and support the efforts that so many of our nearly 700,000 members value in their own communities. These events, and ones in the coming months, help put a local focus on a nationwide problem. That focus won’t fade, even after Hunger Action Month comes to a close.