Cigna And The Cigna Foundation Provide Weekend Meals To Hamilton Elementary School Students As Part Of Blessings In A Backpack Program

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Following the assembly, there will be oral health demonstrations during K-2 gym classes. Cigna dental mascot Mikey the Molar will teach kids about oral hygiene and students will receive dental care supplies and oral health information in their backpacks. “Cigna, Seminole County Public Schools and educators at Hamilton Elementary School recognized a tremendous opportunity to help children who do not have access to healthy food,” said Beth Bush, director of partnerships for Blessings in a Backpack. “We look forward to implementing this program and growing it throughout the region to help combat childhood hunger.” Blessings in a Backpack is a results-oriented program designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no access to healthy food on the weekends. The program is supported nationally and locally by Cigna, a global health service company. Funding for the food-filled backpacks was provided by the Cigna Foundation, which has made grants totaling $70,000 to help Blessings expand the program to schools in several locations nationwide.
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