United Way of Franklin County has received a Donation from Aetna Better Health of Kansas in the amount of $500.00 to Support COVID-19 Hunger Relief Initiative.  

Ottawa, Kansas – The United Way of Franklin County announced today it has received a $500.00 donation from Aetna Better Health of Kansas as part of the Medicaid organization’s efforts to address food insecurity and other community needs in response to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Way will use the funds to organize food distributions and continue to provide 211 call assistance to our community in need.

“We have a longstanding partnership with the United Way and are pleased to provide this assistance during such a critical time,” said David Livingston, CEO, Aetna Better Health of Kansas. “These funds will allow for additional food supplies to be secured and distributed to those most in need across our great state.”

“Aetna Better Health is happy to offer our support during this crisis,” said Chris Beurman, Director, Community Development, Aetna Better Health of Kansas. “We applaud the continued efforts of the United Way to fight food insecurity in our state; especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

About Aetna Better Health® of Kansas

Aetna Better Health of Kansas is a subsidiary of Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health Company. Since 2019, Aetna Better Health of Kansas has served the state’s most vulnerable members. Aetna Better Health of Kansas is bolstered by Aetna Medicaid’s 30 years of experience managing the care of the most medically vulnerable, using innovative approaches and a local presence in each market to achieve both successful health care results and effective cost outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has particular expertise serving high-need Medicaid members, including those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Currently, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed health care plans under the names of Aetna Better Health and other affiliate names. Together, these plans serve approximately 2.4 million people in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Texas. For more information, see www.aetnabetterhealth.com.

New Food Distribution through KVC and the USDA

KVC, the fostering and adoption agency, has received a grant from the USDA to distribute 960 boxes of free food. KVC has asked the United Way to help distribute these boxes to the Franklin County community and other nonprofit agencies. Each week, the United Way and its volunteers will unload boxes of food to share with the community. If you are in need, we encourage you to come to the Don Woodward Center and line up in your car along Poplar Street. The first distribution will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd at 8:00 A.M., at the Don Woodward center and at the same time as ECKAN. This first event will be done walk-through style. The subsequent food distributions will be done each Tuesday at 8:30 A.M.; they will be conducted in the line-of-cars fashion. When the distribution begins at 8:30, volunteers will simply place a box of food in each car as the line progresses. Due to dairy products being available during some of the distributions, we will need to be finished by 10:00 A.M. so that the products do not spoil. If you know someone who is in need, please make them aware of this opportunity. This distribution will continue as long as the USDA grant has funding, which could be until the end of the year. Please be flexible as we strive to make this event fair for everyone. We also ask that all attendees observe all cautionary procedures as there will be an ECKAN walk-through food distribution going on in the same vicinity.

If you would like to volunteer to help unload the food from the truck and into cars, we encourage you to respond to the need on the Richard Jackson Volunteer Center website at this link. Volunteers will need to be able to lift at least 50 lbs.