LATHAM, NY – Today, the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties (JCEO) announced an award from Empire BlueCross to support The Backpack Program. JCEO’s program provides a weekly bag of food to students from four local elementary schools: Glasgow Elementary, Oak Street Elementary, Momot Elementary and Chazy Elementary. Students are chosen to participate by the schools, and families are given the option to opt in or out of the program. These funds come at a time when fundraising events have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and the need for programs such as this are growing rapidly as a result of the pandemic and it’s widespread impact on families in these communities.
“We are on a mission to materially and measurably improve the health of all New Yorkers, and ensuring our children have access to nutritious food is at the heart of this commitment,” said Jason O’Malley, regional vice president of sales and Albany market leader, Empire BlueCross. “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide resources to the JCEO’s Community Action Angels that will support their work to distribute 125 backpacks of food every week for the rest of the school year through The Backpack Program.”
About Empire BlueCross
Serving the 11 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State, Empire BlueCross (Empire) is on a mission to materially and measurably improve the health of New Yorkers. Empire is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Empire is committed to improving lives and communities, and in 2020, Empire BlueCross was named one of Albany Business Review’s Best Places to Work. Additional information about Empire is available at www.empireblue.com