Milwaukee, Sept. 5, 2012—Families in need will be able to prepare nutritious meals due to the efforts of Assurant Health employees, who donated 6,000 pounds of food to the Hunger Task Force. The food, enough to feed a family of four for a year and a half, was gathered during a recent employee appreciation event celebrating the company’s 120th anniversary.
“This is a very welcome contribution, especially since it comes during the summer months, when food pantries often are low on reserves,” said Hunger Task Force Executive Director Sherrie Tussler. “With vacations coming to an end and kids getting ready to go back to school, it’s great when a company focuses on families who are in need all year round.”
CEO Adam Lamnin said: “This year, we celebrate 120 years in business as a Wisconsin company. As we mark this anniversary milestone with our employees, we wanted to give back to the community we’ve called home for more than a century in a very meaningful way.”
Assurant Health’s other community efforts include contributions through its foundation and companywide giving campaigns. It also encourages employees to volunteer with favorite causes by giving them a day of paid time off each year to do so. Currently, the company is wrapping up a school supply drive for Milwaukee’s Clement Avenue School and Westside Academy to give students the tools they need to succeed in school.
Assurant Health, a leading provider of individual and small group health insurance, employs about 1,300 people at its downtown Milwaukee headquarters.
Assurant Health, a part of Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), began as the La Crosse Mutual Aid Association in La Crosse, Wis., in 1892, and became the first company in the region to offer insurance protection against loss of income due to illness or injury. In 1900, the company moved its headquarters to Milwaukee. Previously known as Time Insurance Company and Fortis Health, it was renamed Assurant Health in 2004.
||Assurant Health employee Karen Pederson and her family were among people who donated non-perishable items during a food drive at a celebration of the company’s 120th anniversary. The drive brought in 6,000 pounds of food. From left are Karen, son Tyler, 8, daughter Abby, 6, and husband Cory.|
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