Allstate insurance agents volunteer with Assistance League of Northern Virginia's Weekend Food for Kids Program
Feed Your Future Relay Helps Nonprofit Increase Food Security on Weekends in Northern Virginia
By: Angles Insurance
In 2018 Allstate and the Assistance League teamed up for a similar volunteer activity and received a grant of $22,000 from the Allstate Foundation to support the volunteerism. Karen Amster, a volunteer, states "The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant will help us advance our mission to transform the lives of children and strengthen our community through our program that increases food security. The funds will be used to purchase three-months' worth of food for vulnerable children in six partner schools enrolled in our 2019-20 Weekend Food for Kids program."
Lynn Barron and Karen Amster, board members from the all-volunteer nonprofit, were invited to speak about Assistance League's program that decreases childhood hunger and other philanthropic programs that benefit low-income children in Northern Virginia. Following the presentation, Allstate executives and regional advisory board members, including insurance agents and personal financial representatives from D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, came together for a common goal of feeding the hungry.
Sharee Merenov, Allstate Capital Region division manager, corporate relations, coordinated the resources and purchased the nonperishable food items to support The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community group activity. A team of 40 Allstate volunteers and 7 Assistance League volunteers packed nearly 500 bags of food for children who might otherwise go hungry on weekends.
Partnering with Allstate allowed the Assistance League organization to satisfy an immediate need for food assistance at two Title I elementary schools not currently supported by our food program. With Allstate's generosity, many children were in good hands this April .
The Assistance League of Northern Virginia gave special thanks to Christine Angles, a Manassas VA Allstate insurance agent, for strongly supporting their mission to transform the lives of children and strengthen our community.