Guthrie Awards $2,500 to Fight Hunger in Tompkins County

Sayre, Pa. – Guthrie recently awarded a grant of $2,500 to the United Way of Tompkins County in Ithaca, N.Y. in support of their Hunger & Food Security Special Initiative.

“Tompkins County food pantries have seen a 30% rise in usage since 2008 and the number of children receiving free or reduced lunches is increasing across the county,” said James Brown, of United Way of Tompkins County. “These funds will go a long way in addressing the serious problem of hunger faced by too many members of our community,” Brown said.

The initiative focuses on addressing the complex hunger issues and nutrition education in Tompkins County through partnerships with area food pantries, emergency response and human service agencies. Planned programs include the provision of nutritious hot meals, food pantry support, community garden plots, fresh fruit and vegetable snacks at school, weekend meals for children, workshops and resources to support a healthy lifestyle.

This grant was awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2013-2016: obesity, lung cancer and access to primary care.

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Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.

Photo Caption: James Brown, President of United Way of Tompkins County; Kathy Garner Darnieder, Co-Chair of the 2013/14 UWTC Community Campaign; and Laura Fitzgerald, Guthrie's Director of Research and Clinical Innovation.