PAMF Donates $50,000 to Local Food Banks to Ease Hunger
Part of $255,000 Donation by Sutter Health to Food Banks in Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii
Across the United States, 48 million households struggle to keep food on the table. In compassionate support of our neighbors in need, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, has donated $50,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County this holiday season. This contribution is part of a $255,000 donation by Sutter Health to 27 food banks in areas our network serves within Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. This donation includes the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano in the East Bay.
“Many local families are constantly having to make the difficult decision whether to buy food or medication, cover transportation costs to work or pay the rent,” says David Quincy, M.D., MPH, regional president at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Food banks are a critical source of nutritious food for these families. It’s an honor to partner with our local food banks to help ease hunger which has a huge impact on health and well-being.”
In addition to the food bank donation, PAMF also provides ongoing support to community meals-on-wheels, food closet and other local food and nutrition education programs and events to help reduce food insecurity and provide educational opportunities on healthy nutrition. In 2015, PAMF gave $24,000 to Community Bridges, Downtown Streets Team, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Live Earth Farm Discovery Program, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes, Valley Verde and Samaritan House.
Over the past seven years, Sutter Health’s donations to community food banks have totaled more than $1.6 million, which benefit countless individuals and families. The annual food bank donations are given in honor and appreciation of all the network’s employees, physicians and volunteers.
As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in giving back. In addition to ongoing community commitments, last year, Sutter Health’s investment in care and services for the poor and underserved and benefits for the broader community amounted to more than $900 million.
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