$50k Donated to Food Banks to Ease Local Hunger
Sutter Health has donated $50,000 to food banks in the counties served by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a Sutter Health affiliate. The Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County was given $16,500, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties received $33,500, for a total donation of $50,000 in the PAMF service area.
The checks were sent to the two food banks by Sutter Health Regional President Jeff Gerard and Palo Alto Medical Foundation CEO Richard Slavin, M.D.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County distributes more than eight million pounds of food annually to working poor families, children, and seniors. Both food banks also promote federal nutrition programs and educate families on how to make healthier food choices.
Cathy Jackson, CEO of the Santa Clara and San Mateo County Food Bank, reports that for the first time in the organization’s history, fresh fruits and vegetables account for about half of all of the food provided by Second Harvest.
The medical community lauds this as outstanding progress because many low income families also face obesity-related health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Increased access to fresh vegetables and fruit improves nutritional families’ diets and their health.
PAMF Turkey Trot Sponsorship
As part of its regional community benefit program, the PAMF is a long-time sponsor of the annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. This Thanksgiving morning event generates tens of thousands of dollars for these local food banks, as well as other safety net service agencies. An estimated 200 to 300 PAMF physicians and employees are expected to participate this year. Whether they run or walk the 5k or the 10k, each participant’s registration funds 160 health meals for needy families.