UnitedHealthcare Employees and Salem Red Sox Host Food Drive to Strike Out Hunger, Sunday, July 17

  • Food drive at LewisGale Field to fight senior hunger and benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia
  • Ticketed fans bringing non-perishable item will receive free ticket to future game

SALEM, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and the Salem Red Sox will host a food drive Sunday, July 17, at LewisGale Field. Ticketed fans who drop off a non-perishable food donation before the 4:05 p.m. game will receive a free ticket to the August 2011 game of their choice from the baseball club.

The food drive is the culmination of a week-long effort in Salem and the surrounding community to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia. UnitedHealthcare is leading the activities as part of an employee volunteering initiative, and in support of AARP’s broader “Drive to End Hunger” campaign, which seeks to end hunger among seniors.

Beginning July 11, the public is encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to any of the following drop-off locations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

  • UnitedHealthcare – 3645 Thirlane Road NW, Roanoke, Va., 24019
  • LewisGale Field - 1008 Texas St., Salem, Va., 24155
  • LewisGale Medical Center - 1900 Electric Rd., Salem, Va., 24153
  • Food Lion - 6619 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, Va., 24019; 28 Wildwood Rd., Salem, Va., 24153; and 1952 Washington Ave, Vinton, Va., 24179

Today more than 6 million older adults nationwide face the threat of hunger, including almost 80,000 in Virginia. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Salem Red Sox in the fight against senior hunger,” said Mike Weneta, Roanoke site director, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement.

According to AARP, 16 percent of Virginia residents reported not having enough money to buy food in the last year. Virginia ranks 22nd for the risk of senior hunger, with more than 5 percent of Virginia’s seniors at risk.

“On July 17, we’ll be giving everyone who makes a food donation at LewisGale Field a free ticket to an August Salem Red Sox game,” said Todd Stephenson, general manager, Salem Red Sox. “With support from the community, we can help stop hunger in its tracks. Together we can feed a hungry older adult and work on making senior hunger a thing of the past.”

The company’s food drive partnership with the Salem Red Sox comes in the wake of its announcement earlier this year of a multimillion dollar expansion of its operation in Roanoke.

For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or “like” Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

About Feeding America Southwest Virginia
Feeding America Southwest Virginia was founded in 1981 and proudly celebrates 30 years of community partnerships; fighting hunger... changing lives. The Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest). For the last three decades the Food Bank's ultimate mission has remained the same, eliminate hunger in the region. The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure large quantities of food for the hungry. More than 14-million pounds of food is channeled through a network of more than 300+ partner agency feeding programs (in a 26-county and 10-city region) that provide food or meals to those in need annually. Visit www.faswva.org for more information.

About the Salem Red Sox
The Salem Red Sox, a subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group (FSG), is a professional minor league baseball team and a member of the Carolina League. Salem plays its home games at LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark. The 5,300-seat ballpark opened in August 1995, and has hosted more than 3 million fans since the stadium's inaugural game. With 12 skyboxes, a stadium club and multiple picnic areas, LewisGale Field is one of the premier facilities in the Carolina League. For more information, visit www.salemsox.com or call 540-389-3333.


Courtney Johnson, 612-702-7703
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Salem Red Sox
Dennis Robarge, 540-389-3333
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