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Healthy Blue donates commercial refrigerators/freezers to 11 food pantries across Louisiana

December 19, 2018 GMT

BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 19, 2018--Healthy Blue recently donated and installed commercial refrigerators and/or freezers to 11 food pantries across Louisiana. The donation, which totaled approximately $50,000, will allow the food pantries to increase food-storage capacity and assist in their mission of providing much-needed food to nearly 4,000 individuals and families in their communities.

“As a health plan, we recognize the impact food insecurity has on a community. Having access to nutritious food is something we sometimes take for granted,” said Aaron Lambert, president, Healthy Blue. “At Healthy Blue, one of our goals is to remove barriers to overall health and well-being and that includes supporting efforts to help ensure Louisianans have access to healthy nourishment. By equipping food pantries with new refrigerators or freezers, we can support the great work they accomplish every day by helping them reach more individuals in our communities.”


The donated refrigerators or freezers are Traulsen G-Series energy efficient units, which offer between 24.2 and 46 cubic feet of storage space. The all-metal construction and overall design enables better performance, which helps extend the life of fresh produce.

“We are humbled at being chosen to receive a beautiful new two-door commercial cooler. Every week we need space to safely store 130 gallons of milk and 130 dozen eggs for our pantry families. This donation has made this possible,” said Theresa Sandler, founder/director, Shepard’s Market at St. John Methodist Church. “Because of this generous donation, we are able to serve more healthy options of dairy and produce to the 400+ needy families that come to us for food assistance each month.”

The following Louisiana food pantries received refrigerators donated by Healthy Blue

Abraham’s Tent
2424 Fruge Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Baker Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
3015 Groom Rd
Baker, LA 70714

Beacon Light Baptist Church of Houma, LA
4325 West Park Ave.
Gray, LA 70359

Community Soup Kitchen formerly Granny’s Kitchen
219 Plum Street
Monroe, LA 71202

Erwinville Food Pantry
12419 Section Road
Erwinville, LA 70767

Gloryland Baptist Church Food Pantry
6745 Greenwell Springs Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

New Scott Olly Baptist Church Food Pantry
2627 Willow Glen River Rd.,
Alexandria, LA 71302

Progressive Baptist Church
125 Gallian Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

The Shepherd’s Market Food Pantry - St. John Methodist Church
230 Renee’ Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Showers of Blessing Ministry
6500 Fairfield
Shreveport, LA 71106


St. Andrews United Methodist Church Food Pantry
243 Church Street
Sterlington, LA 71280

The donated refrigerators/freezers were installed during October/November 2018.

About Healthy Blue

Healthy Blue, formerly known as Amerigroup Louisiana, is a managed healthcare provider that has been serving the state since 2012, and currently serves the state’s Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion and LaCHIP programs. Healthy Blue recognizes the challenges low-income and underserved individuals face, and tailors its programs such that health plan members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. Healthy Blue provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their healthcare. Also, through health education programs, members are empowered to choose and sustain healthy lifestyles. To learn more about Healthy Blue, visit

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