Sutter Health Donates $30,000 to Two Nonprofits that Help Feed Sonoma County Residents
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Sutter Health today announced a $15,000 donation to Redwood Empire Food Bank of Santa Rosa and a $15,000 donation to the Ceres Community Project of Sebastopol.
“This donation from Sutter Health makes a significant difference in the lives of the 82,000 Sonoma County children, families and seniors we were serving before the fires, as well as the new hungry people we are seeing since last month’s devastation,” said David Goodman, CEO of Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB). Many families are just starting to rebuild their lives, making hard decisions about where to spend limited funds, with Sutter’s support the REFB is able to provide a nutritional safety net for these families, so they never have to choose between paying a bill or preparing a family meal.”
“We’re deeply grateful to Sutter Health for their commitment to reducing hunger in our community. This donation helps Ceres continue to provide nutritious and delicious meals to nourish our neighbors who are facing a health crisis like cancer. And because we train teen volunteers to cook those meals, Sutter’s gift helps these youth gain skills and improved health as well,” said Cathryn Couch, the Ceres Community Project Executive Director.
Sutter Health began donating to REFB in 2009 and Ceres in 2011, and has donated every year since each initial pledge. The Ceres Community Project provides 93,000 beautiful, nourishing free meals each year to individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness. REFB feeds 82,000 Sonoma County children, seniors and families every year.
You Can Make a Difference
As a result of the devastating fires in the region, the Redwood Empire Food Bank has seen an increased need for food and nutrition assistance in the community. REFB is currently accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. No glass, please. You can also make a monetary donation here.
The Ceres Community Project offers abundant ways for youth and adults to volunteer in Sonoma and Marin counties. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit CeresProject.org. And remember 100% of proceeds from the sale of the Nourishing Connections Cookbook, available in your local bookstore, support the work of the Ceres Community Project.
Sutter Health’s Commitment to Communities
As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in giving back. In 2016, Sutter Health invested more than $12.3 million in Sonoma County to improve the health and well-being of the community. Additionally, nearly $3 million of free or unreimbursed care was provided to people with no or little insurance coverage.
Sutter Health’s total community benefit investment in 2016 was $669 million across its entire network. These funds supported traditional charity care, unreimbursed medical costs, health education and community clinics.
This month Sutter Health donated $272,500 to 28 food banks across Northern California, and in Oregon and Hawaii. Over the past nine years the not-for-profit healthcare organization has donated more than $2 million to programs and partners that feed individuals and families in need.