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UnitedHealthcare gives $25,000 grant to VCU program

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.UnitedHealthcare has given a $25,000 grant to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing to help reduce hunger and social isolation among seniors.

The money will support the school’s community-based, care-coordination initiative, the Richmond Health and Wellness Program.

The grant will fund free weekly student-catered meals at three senior apartment communities. Funding from the grant will also support educational efforts used to increase the variety and nutritional value of seniors’ diets.

Along with the weekly meals, the grant will also help VCU students identify seniors who may be eligible to enroll in a Meals on Wheels program or to participate in FeedMore’s Commodities Supplemental Food Program.

The Richmond Health and Wellness Program will also provide referrals to day programs and other resources from the local Area Agency on Aging.

According to America’s Health Rankings, Virginia ranks 21st in the nation for senior hunger.

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