Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Help Feed Residents in Three Counties
Sutter Health today announced donations totaling $50,000 to food banks serving Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties. The donation by the not-for-profit health network enables local food banks to provide healthy meals or food to those in need.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, based in San Jose, will receive $33,500 and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, based in Watsonville, will receive $16,500.
Sutter Health’s donations to community food banks over the past nine years total more than $2 million – which has fed countless individuals and families.
“Hunger and inadequate nutrition lead to poor health and a higher likelihood of chronic conditions,” said Larry DeGhetaldi, M.D., Area CEO, Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Santa Cruz. “Working with our partners to provide nutritious food is one more way to prevent disease and promote well-being.’’
“One of our top goals is to support a healthy community and that begins with putting nutritious food on the table,” said Trina White, chief administrative officer of Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. “Through the great work of our longstanding community partners we hope to help make a positive difference in the lives of those who experience hunger.”
Jan Kamman, director of corporate and community relations at Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz, said: “Sutter Health-PAMF has been such a generous donor to Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz over the years. This year’s donation of $16,500 will provide 66,000 healthy meals to children, families and to those most in need throughout Santa Cruz County.”
“Local hunger is a problem that can be solved, but we can’t do it alone,’’ said Leslie Bacho, chief executive of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. “Despite living in the center of technology innovation, the harsh reality is that one in four people are at risk for hunger in Silicon Valley because they struggle with the high cost of living. It’s sad to think there are children, who amidst the prosperity of Silicon Valley, go to bed hungry because their parents don’t earn enough to buy the food they need. Sutter Health’s donation will help those threatened by hunger in our community have access to nutritious food and the opportunity to succeed.”
To find out more about the different ways you can help the food banks with their mission to help end hunger, please visit Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County at www.thefoodbank.org or Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties at www.shfb.org.