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    Sutter Health Provides More Than 1 Million Meals to Families in Need this Holiday Season

    $255,000 Given to Northern California Food Banks

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 9, 2011 - A quarter-million-dollar donation by Sutter Health to 29 food banks throughout Northern California will help put more than 1 million meals on family tables this holiday season. On average, every dollar donated translates to 4.5 meals provided by Sutter’s community partners.

    The Sutter Health network of care has donated $762,500 over the past three years to food banks in local communities. The donations are provided on behalf of the health care network’s 48,000 employees, physicians, staff and volunteers as an extension of Sutter’s not-for-profit mission.

    “Many of our patients and neighbors are still struggling to afford healthy, regular meals,” says Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “We hope that by supporting our local food banks we can provide some comfort this holiday season.”

    Fry adds, “We recognize that health care extends beyond the walls of our care centers. Wellness begins in our communities with a healthy meal on the kitchen table.”

    A recent report by the Sacramento Bee detailed the growing populations of those who rely on food donations to avoid hunger, namely individuals 60 years and older as they represent the fastest-growing demographic. Food banks say that monetary donations help maximize the amount of food available for the hungry – in many instances, a $1 donation can translate to over $5 worth of distributed food.

    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 $751 million. Learn more about Sutter’s commitment to communities.

    Donations are listed by geographic region, the food bank name and city and the donation amount
    Central Valley
    Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin, Lodi - $5,000
    Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin, Stockton - $10,000
    The Salvation Army - Modesto Citadel, Modesto - $20,000
    Tracy Interfaith Ministries, Tracy - $10,000
    Manna Ministries, Los Banos - $5,000

    East Bay Area
    Alameda County Food Bank, Oakland - $25,000
    District Council of Contra Costa County Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Pittsburg - $12,500
    Food Pantry of Davis Street Family Resource Center, San Leandro - $12,500

    North Coast
    Brookings Harbor Community Helpers, Inc., Brookings - $1,000
    Rural Human Services, Crescent City - $1,500

    Sacramento Area
    Amador County Food Bank, Jackson - $2,000
    Beale Air Force Base Operation Warm Heart, Yuba City - $500
    Brownsville Lutheran Ranch Church, Brownsville - $250
    Elk Grove Food Bank, Elk Grove - $5,000
    Food Bank of Solano and Contra Costa County, Concord - $6,000
    Placer Food Bank, Roseville - $9,000
    River City Community Services, Sacramento - $10,000
    Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, Sacramento - $10,000
    The Salvation Army, Yuba City $1,250
    Yolo County Children's Alliance, Davis - $6,000

    San Francisco and North Bay Area
    Ceres Project, Sebastopol - $2,500
    Lake Family Community Resource Center, Lakeport - $5,000
    Marin Food Bank, Marin - $10,000
    Redwood Empire Food Bank, Santa Rosa - $10,000
    San Francisco Food Bank, San Francisco - $22,500

    South Bay Area
    Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, San Jose - $33,500
    Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, Watsonville - $16,500

    Hawaii (served by Kahi Mohala Hospital)
    Aloha Harvest, Honolulu - $1,250
    Hawaii Food Bank, Honolulu - $1,250

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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