MIDDLETOWN, RI – April 9, 2018 – OceanPoint Insurance Agency today announced it has donated $500 to East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) as part of the Arbella Insurance Foundation’s Let’s Drive Out Hunger program. Along with OceanPoint Insurance, the Arbella Insurance Foundation donated $1,000 to bring the total donation to $1,500.
Now in its 10th year, Let’s Drive Out Hunger aims to alleviate the prevalent issue of food insecurity in New England. The Arbella Insurance Foundation collects contributions from any of Arbella Insurance’s nearly 500 partner independent agents and matches each donation on a two-to-one basis – up to $1,000 per agency. Over the past nine years, the Arbella Insurance Foundation and independent agents have contributed more than $940,000 to more than 400 emergency food programs, soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters throughout New England. This year, the program aims to exceed its $1 million goal of giving.
“According to 2016 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 41.2 million people across the country live in food-insecure households—that number is staggering,” said OceanPoint Insurance President and CEO, Douglas Mayhew. “Hunger is a persistent issue in so many communities, thus OceanPoint Insurance is very proud of our donation to EBCAP’s “Fill the Pantries” campaign to help individuals and families overcome food insecurity.” EBCAP food pantries are located at 1048 Stafford Road in Tiverton, 100 Bullocks Point Avenue in East Providence and 19 Broadway in Newport. Mayhew continued, “We encourage other local businesses to support the tireless efforts of local food pantries to ensure food is available for all neighbors in need.”
The severity of hunger continues to affect thousands of families across New England. According to the USDA, 13 percent of households in Connecticut and more than 10 percent in New Hampshire suffer from hunger and food insecurity. Fifty-six thousand families in Rhode Island lack adequate food. In Massachusetts, research shows that almost 10 percent of households struggle to find and provide healthy meals.
“The Arbella Insurance Foundation is dedicated to fighting hunger in the local communities we serve,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman of Arbella’s Foundation. “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Let’s Drive Out Hunger program, we’re thrilled to be quickly nearing our goal of raising one million dollars; but we couldn’t do it without our independent agents. We’re so proud of the wonderful work they’re doing to drive out hunger and we’re dedicated to supporting them by maximizing their contributions to help local families in need.”
About OceanPoint Insurance Agency
Headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc., a BankNewport subsidiary, is a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency providing a broad range of property casualty insurance products, including all types of marine related insurance products. Tracing its roots back to 1863, OceanPoint Insurance is proud to serve the needs of clients from four full service offices located in Middletown, Barrington, North Kingstown and Coventry, Rhode Island, forming one of the largest independent insurance agency operations in southeastern New England.
About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group (www.arbella.com) is a company with more than $800M in revenue with approximately $1.5B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Foundation in 2004. The mission of Arbella’s Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.
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For more information:
Vice President/Director of Community Relations
BankNewport (401) 845-8673