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Highmark West Virginia announces grants

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Inc. and the Highmark Foundation this week announced $307,000 in grants to West Virginia organizations assisting people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our company has a long history of helping communities in times of need, and there’s no greater time than now,” said Jim Fawcett, president of Highmark West Virginia. “We are pulling from a variety of grant making streams in order to make an impact to address community-focused pandemic needs.”

The funding comes from Highmark’s community giving program, as well as the Highmark Foundation in West Virginia.

Among the grant recipients in West Virginia is the Mountaineer Food Bank, which provides food and other household items to people in need in 48 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. Other recipients are the Facing Hunger Food Bank and McDowell’s Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank.

Other grants will support community-focused health care organizations to meet the needs of uninsured and underinsured individuals. Those organizations include Beckley Health Right, Ebenezer Medical Outreach Center, Hygeia Facilities Foundation Inc., Health Access Inc., Mercer Charitable Clinic, Milan Puskar, Mountaineer Community Health Center, Rural Health Access Corp., West Virginia Health Right and Wheeling Health Right.

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