As part of its collaborative Come to the Table advocacy initiative, ProMedica is addressing hunger as a health issue and encouraging other healthcare leaders, federal legislators and additional partners to expand the effort to their communities. ProMedica and one of its national partners, the Alliance to End Hunger, held a national summit in Washington, D.C., on February 27, 2014 to broaden the dialogue about hunger and health.
U.S. hunger is a far-reaching problem that ProMedica believes must be confronted from multiple angles, with healthcare organizations, social service agencies, businesses, and government leaders all working together.
ProMedica, for example, is working with community partners to repackage unserved food from foodservice operations, reclaiming more than 70,000 pounds of food — or 55,000 meals — for people at homeless shelters and other feeding sites in 2013 alone. Screening patients for hunger, sending those in need home with an emergency food supply and connecting them to community agencies for additional assistance is another program ProMedica is spearheading in its hospitals throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Randy Oostra, ProMedica president and chief executive officer, unveiled a video about the problem of U.S. hunger and some solutions at the Capitol Hill summit. To help develop and deploy sustainable healthcare solutions to end hunger, contact CTTT@promedica.org or 419-469-3894.
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