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Aetna invests over $510K to address food, housing insecurity in Georgia

Aetna provided over $510,000 to 17 local organizations that provide critical food and housing services for individuals across Georgia.
Sandra Levy
Senior Editor

Aetna Better Health of Georgia, a CVS Health company shared that Aetna provided over $510,000 in community investments to 17 local organizations that provide critical food and housing services for individuals experiencing food insecurity and homelessness across the state of Georgia.

“A holistic approach to health care starts with ensuring each individual has stable and consistent access to healthy, nutritious foods, as well as a safe place to live,” said Sonya Nelson, division president at Aetna Medicaid. “By partnering with local organizations committed to improving the quality of life for all Georgians, we can help ensure people’s most basic needs are fulfilled and they’re able to prioritize care for themselves and their families.”

The community investments from Aetna will bolster programs designed to address food insecurity and promote health literacy among youth, families and other individuals. These programs will offer access to fresh and nutritious foods, while also providing resources to enhance understanding of food and health. 

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The organizations include:

  • The James Brown Family Foundation
  • Open Hand Atlanta
  • Sweetwater Mission
  • Manna House Ministries
  • Living Bridges Ministry 
  • Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta
  • America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia
  • Emanuel County Family Connection 
  • Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless
  • Players Philanthropy Fund (Goodr Foundation)

“Not only are we providing access to more nutritious foods, but we’re also educating families on how to eat healthy and cook substantial meals,” said Ann Rogers, chair of the Emanuel County Family Connection. 

Rogers added, “Having the proper knowledge and resources to know what foods support a healthy lifestyle is an essential component to addressing food insecurity. We’re thankful for the donation from Aetna and are excited to see the impact this funding will have on Emanuel County’s underserved families.”

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Multiple organizations also will be receiving community investments from Aetna to address homelessness and housing insecurity across the state. The organizations receiving the community investments include:

  • The Salvation Army, a Georgia Corporation
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation 
  • Partners for HOME
  • Citizens Against Violence
  • House Proud Atlanta 
  •  Crisp County Community Council

“It’s estimated that, every night, more than 10,000 Georgians experience homelessness. The Salvation Army works hard to ensure that those in need have a place to go that is safe and well equipped to meet their needs,” said Major Jonathan Raymer, area commander for The Salvation Army of Augusta. “Unfortunately, there are still thousands of individuals across the state who don’t have access to shelters or basic amenities. With the Aetna partnership, we’re expanding the Salvation Army’s programs across a number of Georgia communities, which includes a launch of a new mobile shower and bathroom unit that will serve as a clean and safe space for unhoused individuals.”

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