Legacy Health collects food for local pantries
SnowCap Community Charities, Birch Community Services and Sandy Action Center will get much-needed summer food supplies from a food drive Legacy Health employees hold every May.
"Food insecurity can have a direct impact to the health of our communities. We're proud that our employees continue to deliver on our mission of good health to the people who need it most even outside our physical walls," Trent Green, chief strategy officer and president of Legacy Medical Group said in a statement.
Pantries have a more difficult time keeping their shelves full in the spring and summer.
"Our hope is that these contributions can help buoy our local food bank programs during this critical time," Green said.
During the summer months, many children no longer have access to free meals at school and families need the support of community food banks more than ever.
Fifteen community food pantries in the greater Portland area will benefit from Legacy's third annual "May no one go hungry" drive.
Legacy Health employees and staff of nearly 13,000 across all its hospitals and clinics, donated 10,760 pounds of food and more than $10,000 in monetary contributions to local food banks and food pantries. That equates to an equivalent of nearly 21,000 pounds of food going to the 15 community food pantries.
In the past three years, Legacy Health has donated 31,255 pounds of food and $28,124 in monetary donations.