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10/31/2016

DELTA DENTAL OF KENTUCKY TEAMS UP WITH BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK TO PROVIDE HUNGER-FREE WEEKENDS FOR CHILDREN IN KENTUCKY

$300,000 donation will feed 1,000 children for three years

Louisville, KY (October 31, 2016) — Blessings in a Backpack is pleased to announce it received a $300,000 donation from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen® on Friday, October 28, to feed 1,000 children in Jefferson, Hazard, and Boone County, Kentucky, for three years. This generous donation will support Blessings in a Backpack’s mission of providing hunger-free weekends for elementary school children in our community who are living in food insecure households.

Immediately following the check presentation at Alex R. Kennedy Elementary School, Delta Dental President and CEO Dr. Clifford Maesaka and employee volunteers, dressed in Halloween costumes, packed bags of food for 340 students to take home over the weekend. Marshall Molar, Delta Dental’s mascot, gave the children toothbrushes to help promote oral health.

“We know children miss 51 million hours of school every year due to oral health issues – most of which are easily prevented. Those who are absent miss critical instruction time, especially in the early grades where reading skills are taught,” said Dr. Clifford Maesaka. “We believe in the promise of a better tomorrow for our children and Delta Dental is committed to doing all it can to provide a foundation for success.”

Delta Dental does more than just provide financial support; its employees live out the mission every day by donating their time as well.  Since teaming with Blessings in a Backpack in 2012, Delta Dental employees have volunteered weekly during the school year to pack and distribute bags of food to local school children.  With the launch of Making Smiles Happen in 2015, the partnership has expanded to reach more children throughout the Commonwealth.

“We are so thankful for the donation that Delta Dental is making to our Blessings in a Backpack programs in Kentucky. It is because of partners like DDKY that we are able to continue with our mission to put an end to childhood hunger,” said Brooke Wiseman, CEO, Blessings in a Backpack.

About Blessings in a Backpack:
Hunger has both short- and long-term negative effects on children’s health and ability to succeed in school. Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across American who might otherwise go hungry. Headquarter in Louisville, Blessings in a Backpack currently provides hunger-free weekends for 6,000 children in the greater Louisville area, and nearly 90,000 children across the United States.

About Delta Dental of Kentucky and Making Smiles Happen®:
Delta Dental of Kentucky is committed to bright smiles and healthy lifestyles for its 700,000 enrollees and the communities we serve. Delta Dental of Kentucky is part of a family of companies that collectively are among the largest, most experienced dental plan administrators in the nation. Our network of provides gives our customers access to high-quality, affordable dental care.

Making Smiles Happen® is Delta Dental of Kentucky’s promise to serve our communities and residents one smile at a time. Aimed with the task of promoting oral health to the citizens of Kentucky, this initiative supports many non-profit partners. Giving back is a core component of our culture at Delta Dental, and Making Smiles Happen enables this support to be given to organizations that champion a better quality of life for citizens throughout the Commonwealth.

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