Sentara Healthcare and Truist Commit $1 Million to Strengthen Emergency Food System

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Sentara Healthcare and Truist announced a $1 million grant to the We Care COVID-19 Virginia Emergency Food Support Plan. The Plan is a part of the Federation of Virginia Foodbanks. This grant will strengthen Virginia’s emergency food support system to provide meals and nourishment to families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Sentara Healthcare and its health plan Optima Health will contribute $500,000. Truist has committed to giving $500,000. Together, the $1 million investment will launch the program in Virginia. Sentara and the Federation of Virginia Foodbanks will continue to seek other partners to participate and contribute.

Keeping people fed and healthy during this time is critically important. Virginia’s emergency food supply system of food banks and meal delivery services for their partner agencies are responding as quickly as possible. However, they are battling a growing number of challenges, including a continued decrease in volunteers, food supplies, and distribution partners.

The We Care program centers around an innovative emergency food care package, a five-day supply of nonperishable food. The care packages can be easily assembled and distributed through food distribution points, managed by Virginia’s seven regional food banks and their associated partners. Sentara Healthcare and the Federation of Virginia Foodbanks are exploring new distribution points. Those would specifically help people most in need or those who need to be quarantined.

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