McAuley Ministries Executive Director Don Wolfe presented Michele Lederberg, chief administration officer for BCBSRI, Avital Chatto of administration, and Carolyn Belisle, director of community relations, with handmade aprons to honor the work of the health insurer. The aprons, sewn by a longtime McAuley House volunteer, symbolized BCBSRIs commitment to the work of feeding those who are hungry and impoverished.
BCBSRI has faithfully supported the Lunch on Us at McAuley House program each June, Wolfe said. The organization not only provides essential funding during a very difficult season, but its employees roll up their sleeves throughout National Hunger Awareness Month to serve lunch to our hungry guests.
BCBSRI was among the leading organizations to sponsor Lunch on Us at McAuley House in 2007 - its founding year. The program asks community leaders to provide financial support for the essential services offered, and invites employees to come volunteer in that month to witness firsthand the impact they are making in Rhode Island.
More than 30 BCBSRI employees will serve lunch throughout June, providing hearty meals to up to 300 men, women, and children each day.
The McAuley Houses Lunch on Us program meets an important need in our community, and BCBSRI is privileged to have the opportunity to support it, said Michele Lederberg, chief administrative officer for BCBSRI. The services that McAuley House provides to its members are critical, and we applaud them for their efforts to feed Rhode Islands hungry and impoverished community.