Redefining “Health Food”

Aetna and FASWVA teamed up in July to support the people attending the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in Wise, Va.

The clinic provides a host of free medical and dental services to those in need each year. Knowing that many individuals who struggle to afford medical care also struggle with food insecurity that can adversely affect their health, Aetna provided funds to purchase and distribute 1,500 boxes of non-perishable food, which were purchased from Food City. Aetna’s dedicated team was also there during the clinic to help distribute the food boxes.

Additionally, Aetna’s community outreach team is visiting seven of FASWVA’s Mobile Food Pantry distributions across far Southwest Virginia to provide education about Medicaid expansion, dual enrollment with Medicare, and the FAMIS health insurance program for children. Aetna’s materials include info about all major health insurers in Virginia.

FASWVA’s Mobile Food Pantry visits 11 sites in some of the most remote parts of our region, offering groceries to Southwest Virginians hit hard by a changing economy. It reaches households at risk of hunger in communities where other support services may not be available. The increased access to food assistance provided by the Mobile Food Pantry is critical to the health and wellness of our clients and the strength of the communities at large.

We sincerely thank Aetna for their commitment to feeding the hungry and helping to ensure the overall health and wellness of Southwest Virginians in need.