As Texas residents continue to face challenges stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including a lack of access to basic daily needs such as food and essential supplies, Superior HealthPlan is partnering with 3 community-based organizations in El Paso to support efforts that address these social determinants of health, contributing funding as well as hundreds of gift cards that can be used by community members to purchase items they need.
“Our commitment to staying active in communities across Texas is as strong as ever, even if we cannot partner with organizations to host in-person events like we normally do,” said Mark Sanders, President and CEO of Superior HealthPlan.
“By providing resources to these organizations, we’re able to continue to make a positive impact in people’s lives as they face challenges due to COVID-19.”
In addition to several monetary donations, Superior has distributed nearly 3,800 gift cards statewide for a total of $130,000 to be used to purchase essential healthcare and educational items, including diapers, over-the-counter medicines, cleaning supplies and books.
“We believe that anyone may need a helping hand in their lives and that no one should go hungry,” said Dorene Corothers, Founder of You Eat I Eat Community Food Pantry. “The current health emergency has been difficult for many people in El Paso, but thanks to the generosity of Superior HealthPlan, we were able to reopen our doors and provide hundreds of bags of food and other items during this time of need.”
Superior has provided additional support in El Paso, including a contribution of $65,000 as well as 400 disaster kits to YWCA El Paso del Norte Region (YWCA). The donations are supporting the organization’s efforts to provide quality childcare services to essential workers, including first responders, doctors, nurses and others who must continue to work during this time.
As part of Centene Corporation, Superior’s contributions support a larger effort to address additional needs related to COVID-19, including a partnership with the national hunger relief non-profit Feeding America and its network of food banks.
Officials say that through the partnership, Superior is supporting Centene to donate 1 million meals a month for the next 12 months to feed our neighbors in Texas and beyond.
“There are so many organizations in communities all over the state that work each day to meet the needs of low-income families and neighborhoods,” said Sanders. “We’re proud to be able to partner with many of them so we can work together to support those most impacted by this health emergency.”
Superior is also donating funds and thousands more gift cards to organizations in Austin, Dallas, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio and several communities in the Rio Grande Valley.