Live Mutual: Supporting the most vulnerable among us

Jackie Rosner

By Jackie Rosner
Jackie Rosner is a field communications specialist with MassMutual.
Posted on Oct 22, 2020

The year 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges. It has also brought clear lessons about the importance of living mutual, building strength by relying upon and supporting one another. To that end, MassMutual is continuing its efforts to maximize local resources and help to create vibrant, empowered communities.

Specifically, MassMutual, through its financial professional network, is donating $50,000 to Feeding America, a leader in addressing hunger and food insecurity. The 40-year-old Feeding America network partners with 200 local food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs to fight food insecurity in all corners of the United States, working to provide for one of people’s most basic needs — access to food.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of families without stable employment or income. As a result, more than 54 million people, including 18 million children, may experience food insecurity in 2020, according to the nonprofit organization. Indeed, children are more likely to face food insecurity than any other group in the United States. Additionally, hunger issues can exacerbate underlying health challenges for family members, often prompting hard choices between food and treatment.

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“As financial professionals, it is our job to support our clients’ financial security,” said Tim Flanagan, general agent, Carolinas, and president, General Agents Association. “As community members, it is our responsibility to help the most vulnerable among us, starting with food security. We know people cannot become financially healthy until their basic needs are met.”

MassMutual knows its financial professionals are passionate about supporting causes that improve the quality of life in their communities, from working with food kitchens to establishing youth programs. And MassMutual, through its financial professionals, is proud to continue that legacy by supporting Feeding America.

“Firms and financial professionals can choose to use different resources in a way that makes sense for them,” Flanagan said. “Our MassMutual financial professional family is as diverse as the communities in which we live and work. Hunger does not discriminate; I encourage everyone to get involved and take that first step to help to feed people across the United States, one meal at a time.”

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