St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Doctors Commit $ 400,000 to Address Food Insecurity in Region Over Next Four Years
Sainte-Élisabeth Health Care and St. Elizabeth Physicians have pledged to donate $ 400,000 over the next four years to address food insecurity in northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana. Organizations that benefit from this donation include GO Pantry, Main provisions, Freestore Food Bank and Last mile food rescue.
“Everyone deserves to have access to nutritious food to maintain their overall health and well-being,” said Garren Colvin, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “This donation of $ 400,000 represents nourished families. They are our friends, our families and our neighbors. It is a privilege for us to work alongside local organizations concerned with their well-being.
GO Pantry is a local non-profit organization that provides food for school children and their families all year round. As part of its annual initiative, St. Elizabeth Associates donated over $ 180,000 in food and cash donations in May 2021 to feed families in need throughout the summer months.
“People are often surprised at the level of food insecurity in our community,” said Laura Dumancic, Executive Director of GoPantry. “By working with over 50 local schools, we can tell you with confidence that there are children in every school who struggle with hunger on a daily basis. This additional donation from St. Elizabeth illustrates how committed they are to providing help to children in need in our community.
“St. Elizabeth’s associates have a compassionate heart for the underserved in our communities, especially when those affected are children,” said Jacob Bast, senior vice president and chief operating officer of St. Elizabeth Physicians. “The additional donations from our system to address food insecurity in our region demonstrate our commitment to the programs that St. Elizabeth associates believe in and support.
Master Provisions, which serves more than 67,000 people in Greater Cincinnati by distributing fresh, frozen and canned products, beverages and other items each month, explained how this financial commitment supports their mission.
“We show the love of Christ in tangible ways, collaborating daily with nonprofit partners like St. Elizabeth to meet the needs of friends and neighbors in our communities facing food insecurity issues,” he said. declared Roger Babik, president of Master Provisions.
St. Elizabeth’s contribution to Freestore Foodbank supports its ongoing campaign to end hunger in our region, which provides 37.7 million meals each year through 540 community agencies in 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
“Freestore Foodbank is grateful to have partners like St. Elizabeth who have joined us in our transformative ‘Growing Beyond Hunger’ campaign to keep our neighbors and friends facing disease and chronic health issues. have access to fresh, healthy food that will enable them to grow beyond hunger, ”said Kurt Reiber, President and CEO of Freestore Foodbank. “Together, we seek to create a hunger-free, healthy and prosperous community! “
Last Mile Food Rescue, an organization that provides the last mile of the food distribution ecosystem to reach people and families in need who otherwise might not be able to access community resources, expressed gratitude for this gift that will help them reduce food insecurity on the road to ending food waste and hunger.
“Last Mile is very grateful for St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s commitment to addressing food insecurity in our community,” said Julie Shifman, Executive Director of Last Mile Food Rescue. “We are thrilled to use our grant to expand our food rescue services and help feed more people in Northern Kentucky.”
St. Elizabeth’s contribution of $ 400,000 is part of an ongoing commitment to address the social determinants of health, which account for over 40% of a person’s health outcomes.