March 22, 2011
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Employees Donate 21 Tons of Food to Project Topeka
Kicking off the company’s 21st year of support to Project Topeka, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas employees donated 21 tons of food to the annual city-wide food collection campaign, according to Andrew C. Corbin, president/CEO.
“We are very pleased to be able to make this donation to Project Topeka,” Corbin said. “Being able to demonstrate the deep commitment we feel to the communities we live and work in is important to both the company and our employees.”
During February, Topeka-based employees organized bake sales, garage sales, chili feeds, Sloppy Joe lunches, bid on premium parking spaces, held silent auctions and coordinated other special events to raise the funds.
Donations and fundraising activities raised $24,710 which was used to purchase 425 cases of spaghetti noodles, 400 cases of spaghetti sauce, 350 cases of canned vegetables, 250 cases of grape jelly, 150 cases of rice, 150 cases of chicken noodle soup, and 150 cases of tomato soup, totaling 19.3 tons. BCBSKS employees donated the remaining 1.7 tons of food from their personal pantries. The bulk food purchase was arranged with the help of HyVee, and all food items will be distributed through eight local emergency aid agencies. Last year, the company donated 18.8 tons of food to the Project Topeka campaign.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSKS is the state's largest health insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.
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