Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Supports Food and Friends

The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation believes that food is medicine and that consistent access to nutritious food is an essential part of maintaining health. As part of a 3-year commitment for specialized nutrition services for seriously ill Virginians, Food and Friends provided a special traditional feast on Thanksgiving so the neighbors they serve could celebrate the holiday with their families. This is part of a $350,000 grant with the foundation where Food & Friends provides medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling year-round for clients with life-challenging illnesses in Northern Virginia.

Anthem and Food and Friends believe that everyone managing a serious illness should have the nourishment they need to improve their health and enhance their quality of life. With the help of volunteers, Food & Friends prepares and delivers nutritionally tailored, delicious meals directly to neighbors' homes. Their community dietitians and professional chefs work closely to provide individualized services to their clients. Food & Friends is built on a simple premise: anyone can get sick, and everyone can help.