Milner Middle School Students Help Cigna “Support Squad” Pack Nutritious Meals on Universal Children’s Day

Milner Middle School Students Help Cigna “Support Squad” Pack Nutritious Meals on Universal Children’s Day

Food insecurity in our community is one of the biggest barriers to academic achievement and student success. Cigna is committed to fighting hunger as part of its mission to improve health, well-being and peace of mind.

Working together.

In observance of Universal Children’s Day on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, a “support squad” of nearly 30 Cigna employees helped teams of students at Milner Middle School in Hartford pack 20,000 nutritious meals to feed hungry families. Ten percent (2,000) of the meals will be distributed to families at Hartford’s Wish and S.A.N.D. elementary schools.

The activity was a joint project with Feeding Children Everywhere, a global non-profit organization that provides healthy meals to hungry children worldwide. The Cigna Foundation is sponsoring the activity in seven cities, and expects a total of 245,000 of the red lentil jambalaya meals to be packed by the end of the day. Coinciding with the meal packing activity, WE Charities held youth-empowerment workshops at the school.

 

 

The events were part of Cigna’s Healthier Kids for Our FutureSM  initiative, a five-year, $25 million commitment to help today’s children grow into healthy adults tomorrow.

 

WE Charities led an Action Workshop about Food Insecurity Solutions to help students discover their personal interest in philanthropy. Hartford Board of Education member, Karen Taylor, a Cigna employee and neighbor to Milner Middle School, was on-hand to assist.

 

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