Helping the community get through a tough time

Tough times bring out the best in many people, and the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.

Citizens around the world are donating to crisis response
organizations, sewing masks and gowns for
medical workers, delivering groceries to homebound neighbors and boarding
shelter animals.

Corporations also are rising to the occasion. MetLife (a
Triple-I member company) is providing parking lots at its St. Louis office
location for the local hospital, Mercy
South
to use for coronavirus drive-through testing.

And the
MetLife Foundation
has committed to donating $1 million to food banks
across the U.S. to help them deal with increased demand for their services as a
result of coronavirus.

Food banks face the challenge of getting shelf-stable food
into people’s homes as quickly as possible, especially now that vulnerable
populations, such as the elderly, have been advised to practice social
distancing. In addition, food banks face greater need from families with
children who no longer have access to meals at schools.

MetLife Foundation will donate funds to food banks in
communities where MetLife, Inc. has a significant presence, such as the greater
New York City area, Cary, N.C., Tampa, Fla., and Warwick, R.I.

“We want to help those impacted by coronavirus,” said Mike
Zarcone, head of Corporate Affairs for MetLife and Chairman of MetLife
Foundation. “That includes the communities where we work and live. We know that
children out of school and seniors face food insecurity as a result of
COVID-19, and we are committed to help.”

Prudential also is helping. Over the weekend, the Newark,
N.J.-based insurer donated
more than 150,000 protective face masks and respirators to the state.

The gift will
benefit health workers, some of whom have complained about having to reuse surgical
masks
 amid
an increasing
shortage of supplies
.

“A least one
New Jersey hospital” NJ.com reported, “is now down to a
four-day supply
 of gowns
and surgical masks.”

The masks and respirators, expected to provide a two-week respite
for hospitals, were in storage at the company’s Newark headquarters. They had
been stockpiled after the 9/11 terror attacks as part of the company’s
emergency preparedness efforts.

If your company is helping those affected by the pandemic, email me at marias@iii.org and tell me about it.