On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Cigna Insurence partnered with Chester Community Charter School's Blessings In a Backpack initiative.
Blessings in a Backpack, "mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry," said Vee Young, Chester Community Charter School's Director of Food Services.
Starting this year, Cigna has dedicated their organization, Healthier Kids for Our Future, to gift $25 million over a five-year global initiative to improve the health and well-being of children. They kicked off this initiative yesterday with our very own Chester Community Charter School.
Ms. Young attended the event yesterday at the Cigna offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where over two hundred employees packed backpacks full of non- perishable food to be given out to the scholars of CCCS.
As Cigna employees volunteered their time filling up the backpacks throughout four different sessions that day, Steve Rech, Senior Director at Cigna, spoke about how happy he was to give back to the Chester community.
"I love Chester, I lived there my entire life, it was where my dad worked and I grew up. This program is so great because it sees a need and is taking action."
Rech and Young both shared stories as they worked of their childhood memories in the community.
Healthier Kids for Our Future is looking to partner with Chester Community Charter School more over their five-year plan to find ways they can use their allotment to help our school community flourish even more.