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Blue Cross of California Gives $30,000 in Holiday Donations to Food Banks Throughout the State

Blue Cross presents $5,000 each to six community organizations in

underserved areas

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross of California today announced it will provide a total of $30,000 in end of year donations to various food banks throughout California. An unrestricted check for $5,000 each will be given to six agencies in northern and southern California to assist vulnerable populations.

Blue Cross employees will visit each of the following organizations to personally present the donations in the month of December:

-- Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles

-- The Foodbank of Southern California in Long Beach

-- Hidden Harvest in Coachella

-- FOOD Share, Inc. in Oxnard

-- Glide Foundation in San Francisco

-- Fred Jordan Missions in Los Angeles

"Blue Cross is pleased to be able to help residents of the communities we serve during this holiday season," said Brian A. Sassi, president and general manager of Blue Cross of California. "The resources we provide will positively impact the lives and health of residents in California's underserved populations."

About Blue Cross of California:

Blue Cross of California is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), whose mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. It is the largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company in terms of membership in the United States, and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan counties and as Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about Blue Cross of California is available at

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