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Schaumburg, Ill. (September 22, 2014) – Assurance, an award-winning independent insurance brokerage, continued its commitment to giving on September 4, 2014, when a number of employees spent their work day volunteering with St. Louis Area Foodbank. This is the third year Assurance volunteers from the St. Louis office have assisted the organization.

St. Louis Area Foodbank was started in 1975 to feed community members, as well as educate the public on the nature of hunger and solutions to this growing problem. With one in eight people in the bi-state region in need of food assistance, St. Louis Area Foodbank has become the area's largest nonprofit 501(c)(3) food distribution center. The Foodbank partners with over 500 agencies and distributes more than 35 million pounds of food a year.

The volunteer opportunity is one of 18 similar events scheduled for 2014, where Assurance employees donate their time to deserving nonprofit organizations. All volunteer days are organized by the company’s employee-driven charitable foundation Assurance Caring Together (ACT).  

In conjunction with September’s Hunger Action Month, Assurance volunteers packed potato and apple palletes to help feed the hungry in the St. Louis area. In the morning, the group packed 28,574 pounds of potatoes which will provide nearly 15,000 meals. Assurance volunteers also managed to sort and pack nearly 2,000 pounds of apples in the afternoon. 

“It was such a rewarding day to volunteer with the Foodbank and play a role in September’s Hunger Action Month,” said Karen Baustian, Account Manager at Assurance. She continued, “I can’t wait to go back again.” 

Under the motto “We Can Be Heroes”, Assurance employees have donated over 14,500 labor hours in a nine year span through volunteer opportunities organized by ACT. If you or your business would like to volunteer with St. Louis Area Foodbank, please visit http://stlfoodbank.org/.          

About Assurance
Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S.  A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. Visit Assurance at www.assuranceagency.com