ProMedica Receives National Anti-Hunger Award

For its leadership in fighting hunger, ProMedica was honored with the 2013 Alliance to End Hunger Partnership Award at the 10th Annual Gala to End Hunger co-hosted by Bread for the World in New York on Dec. 3.

ProMedica received the award because of its commitment to end hunger through its Come to the Table collaborative advocacy efforts, as well as programs such as repackaging unserved food for communal feeding sites and screening patients for hunger, said Ambassador Tony Hall, executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, an affiliate of Bread for the World.

In partnership with the Alliance, ProMedica is holding a summit in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27 to help further a national discussion about the importance of addressing hunger as a health issue. The Capitol Hill event will identify ways to approach the issue of hunger nationwide by encouraging community partners – including healthcare providers, anti-hunger organizations and government leaders – to work together.

“ProMedica is an example of how the Alliance engages diverse organizations to build the public and political will to end hunger,” Hall said. “ProMedica is helping change the conversation around hunger by connecting it to health.”

He added: “When we can approach hunger as a health issue, it’s a different dialogue than we’ve had in the past and starts to impact many different areas.”

Randy Oostra, ProMedica president and chief executive officer, received the award at the Dec. 3 gala. ProMedica is the first healthcare member of the Alliance, an organization that engages 95 member organizations in building the political will to overcome hunger.

“This is truly an honor to be recognized by the Alliance, an esteemed national partner that has helped show us how important it is for healthcare organizations to be involved in ending hunger,” Oostra said. “U.S. hunger is a far-reaching problem that is inextricably linked to health and wellness. We believe it needs to be confronted more passionately than ever before from multiple angles, with healthcare organizations, social service agencies and government leaders all working together.”

For more information about the summit ProMedica is holding in partnership with the Alliance, please visit http://promedica.org/cometothetablesummit.

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