|[June 21, 2014]
Actress Judy Reyes and UnitedHealthcare Team Up for Volunteer Project at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
Award-winning actress Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Devious Maids) and more
than 100 UnitedHealthcare employees today will distribute food to more
than 200 families through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank's Mobile
Food Pantry. The volunteers will also assemble Commodity Supplemental
Food Program (CSFP) kits for more than 22,000 people in Los Angeles
Joining Reyes and UnitedHealthcare employees are "La Golda" creator
George Valencia (27 Wolves) and other members of the "La Golda"
creative team. "La Golda" is a bilingual (English/Spanish) cartoon
starring an eight-year-old girl who has been shuffled around from one
orphanage to another. Through her love of soccer, "La Golda" recruits
other international orphans and, as teammates, they overcome their
unique circumstances to build a better world for kids. "La Golda," the
series, is currently in development.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank partners with more than 670 agencies
to distribute food to 1 million hungry people each year, including
400,000 children. The "La Golda" creative team and UnitedHealthcare
employees are working together to help the Food Bank as part of the Los
Angeles premiere of "La Golda" in Los Angeles this evening.
UnitedHealthcare is the presenting sponsor for both the volunteer
project and the "La Golda" premiere.
This is the second collaborative volunteer project for UnitedHealthcare
and the "La Golda" creative team. The two groups volunteered together in
April at Eva's Village, a social service organization in Paterson, N.J.,
that helps people who are hungry, homeless and addicted.
"In Los Angeles County, one in six people face the threat of going
hungry," said Michael Flood, President/CEO, Los Angeles Regional Food
Bank. "It is through the support of organizations like UnitedHealthcare
and their volunteers that we are able to help fight hunger and serve
people in need."
"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support the Food
Bank in the fight against hunger in the most populated county in the
country," said Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California.
"This volunteer activity and our partnership with the 'La Golda'
creative team are helping to build a healthier community."
"The mission of La Golda is to encourage youth to care for others and
take action. By partnering with UnitedHealthcare and volunteering at the
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, we're living this mission," said
Valencia. "We are proud to partner with UnitedHealthcare to bring the
vision of 'La Golda' and to 'pay it forward' in the community where I
This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well."
employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and
obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism. For more
information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local
opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org.
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About the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
41 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has worked to mobilize
resources in the community to alleviate hunger. With a vision that no
one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, the Food Bank has distributed 1
billion pounds of food since its inception. It provides food to 1
million people and in 2013 distributed 60 million pounds of food. The
Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which - with the
help of 32,000 volunteers annually - it distributes through a network of
more than 670 partner agencies at 1,078 distribution and program sites.
In addition, 97 percent of monies raised and in-kind donations go
directly to programs. The Food Bank has been recognized by Feeding
America for Organizational Efficiency as measured by "Meals Distributed
per Dollar" and "Program Expenses Percent of Operating Expenses," as
part of the Excellence in Food Banking initiative. For more information
or to get involved, visit: www.lafoodbank.org.
About La Golda
"La Golda" is
about an eight-year-old girl who has been shuffled around from one
orphanage to another but yet has an amazing and positive outlook on
life. Through her love of soccer, or futbol, "La Golda" recruits other
international orphans, and together as teammates, they overcome their
unique circumstances to build a better world for kids. Produced in both
English and Spanish, the animation hopes to appeal to multicultural
audiences. Creator George Valencia notes that, "'La Golda' was inspired
by my daughter and our visits to orphanages in Latin America." The
project successfully received support through its viral Kickstarter
campaign held late 2013 by reaching people who wanted to see it come to
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