The Centene Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Centene Corporation, a healthcare company dedicated to providing coverage to underserved communities and individual members across the United States. The Centene Charitable Foundation is proud to support National No One Eats Alone® Day and Beyond Differences in their mission to combat social isolation and build a culture of belonging in schools nationwide.
Centene is dedicated to building strong communities and empowering individuals to take control of their wellness. Programs like National No One Eats Alone® Day help middle school students understand the negative impacts bullying and social isolation can have on their emotional and physical well-being. Through presentations and interactive exercises, No One Eats Alone® Day teaches students that social isolation can lead to anxiety, depression, obesity, and heart problems, and gives them tools to create a supportive social environment in their own schools. By supporting No One Eats Alone® Day, Centene and the Centene Charitable Foundation hope to empower the next generation to build healthy, inclusive communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored the need for programs like No One Eats Alone®. Feelings of social isolation have increased among students over the past few years, and intitiatives that emphasize connection can make all the difference. In 2021, Centene and its subsidiaries partnered with schools across the country to organize virtual assemblies for No One Eats Alone® Day, reaching more than 23,500 children across 47 schools. Centene believes that empowering youth to build empathy and compassion is the first step to creating the foundation for a healthy and happy life.
Originally established in 1984 as a nonprofit in Milwaukee, WI, Centene is currently a Fortune 25 company that offers care to over 26 million members, including individuals served by the Health Insurance Marketplace. Centene takes a local approach to healthcare, working to fulfill the individual care needs of each community it serves. Through the Centene Charitable Foundation, the company forms local partnerships and invests in programs that bring the arts, education, and health to every population regardless of barriers.