AmeriHealth New Jersey Donates to Local Food Pantry

Westfield, NJ - March 9, 2009 - AmeriHealth New Jersey (AmeriHealth) associates contributed to the more than 600 pounds of canned and other non-perishable foods that were donated to the Westfield Food Pantry last week from a collection drive organized by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick's office.

"My colleagues at AmeriHealth New Jersey are willing to support the community whenever we can," said Judy Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey. "Last year AmeriHealth workers contributed 1,000 volunteer hours to social service agencies also."

Bramnick thanked the many residents, businesses, friends and supporters who gave so generously to the drive. "It was heartwarming to see people dropping off bags and boxes of food to our offices," said the assemblyman, whose district includes parts of Union, Morris, Somerset and Essex counties.

The food pantry was established 26 years ago. It serves clients throughout Union County. Each month 125 to 150 families rely upon the pantry for their meals.  The families, which include about 400 people, are referred to the pantry from local social service agencies, churches, hospitals and sometimes-even schools.

About AmeriHealth New Jersey

AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. and AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey (collectively, "AmeriHealth New Jersey") provides health insurance coverage to employers and individuals throughout New Jersey. The company has one of the largest provider networks in New Jersey, and those networks include access to hospitals and doctors across the nation. The company is also committed to offering value-added insurance solutions for customers through AmeriHealth's innovative wellness and incentive programs and benefits designs.

AmeriHealth New Jersey earned top ratings for customer service and quality of care as part of the state's recent health plan performance report. Additionally, the company's managed care plan, AmeriHealth HMO Inc. of New Jersey, has received the highest possible accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) by meeting NCQA's rigorous evaluation standards.

AmeriHealth New Jersey and its affiliates are a growing group of insurance and health companies whose product portfolios include health insurance, workers' compensation, property and casualty insurance, and management services. AmeriHealth has offices in Mt. Laurel and Iselin.

Media Contact

Jill Roman
Manager, Public Relations
AmeriHealth New Jersey
(609) 662-2454