MetLife Foundation Donates $100,000 to Food Bank of Central New York to Help Those Impacted by Coronavirus

Apr 7, 2020 8:00 AM ET
Press Release

ORISKANY, N.Y., April 7, 2020 /3BL Media/ – MetLife Foundation announced today that it is donating $100,000 to Food Bank of Central New York to help deal with increased demand for their services as a result of coronavirus.

Food banks face the challenge of getting shelf-stable food into people’s homes as quickly as possible, especially now that vulnerable populations such as the elderly have been advised to practice social distancing. In addition, food banks face greater need from families with children who no longer have access to meals at schools.

“We want to help those impacted by coronavirus,” said Mike Zarcone, head of Corporate Affairs for MetLife and Chairman of MetLife Foundation. “That includes the communities in upstate New York where we work and live. We know that children out of school and seniors face food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, and we are committed to help.”

Food Bank of Central New York serves an 11-country area stretching from Chenango County in New York’s Southern Tier region to St. Lawrence County along the Canadian border.

“As we are faced with a public health crisis, these funds will help to ensure that we can provide nutritious food to individuals and families struggling with hunger,” said Food Bank Interim Executive Director Karen Belcher. “With the reduction in the workforce due to COVID-19, there is an increase in individuals and families accessing our emergency food network. Many of these people are those whose employment status has recently changed and are unable to make ends meet. This generous donation will help us meet this increased need in the weeks ahead.”

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About MetLife Foundation
At MetLife Foundation, we believe financial health belongs to everyone. We bring together bold solutions, deep financial expertise and meaningful grants to build financial health for people and communities that are underserved and aspire for more. We partner with organizations around the world to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2019, MetLife Foundation provided more than $860 million in grants and $85 million in program-related investments to make a positive impact in the communities where MetLife operates. To date, our financial health work has reached 9.9 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.

About MetLife
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 markets globally and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.