Feeding a Growing Need

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- There are more than 900,000 children living in food insecure households in New York state. The impact of hunger on a child's health is significant – taking a toll on physical and mental health, as well as learning ability.

The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is working to alleviate child hunger through its BackPack Program. The program provides nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods to children in need in grades K-6. Each Friday, these students receive a backpack filled with food to take home over the weekend.

That is why CDPHP® is proud to once again support the BackPack Program through the annual CDPHP Holiday Appeal. Throughout the month of December, CDPHP will match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. Each year, individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout our region have strongly supported the appeal, allowing the program to grow. It now serves 1,900 children in 67 schools across 14 counties.

Donations may be made online at www.regionalfoodbank.net (select CDPHP Holiday Appeal in the dropdown list) or by mail to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, 965 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. All funds designated for the 2014 CDPHP Holiday Appeal will go toward the BackPack Program.

About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York. The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties.

CONTACT: Deanna.Amore-Mies@cdphp.com

Source:Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.