Guthrie Awards $4,600 Grant to Support Local Food Program for Families in Need

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program today awarded $4,600 to Sayre-based Church of the Redeemer in support of its distribution work with the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program. This initiative is committed to reducing food insecurities for families. 

The Church of the Redeemer will use the funds to purchase an additional refrigerator, freezer, and other small equipment to store and distribute healthy foods to families identified by the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program. This activity supports the Church of the Redeemer’s mission of using its resources to serve the world and community it lives in. 

Laura Fitzgerald, Guthrie’s Vice President for Research and Education, said: “Guthrie is pleased to award funding to this local community partnership. Food will be distributed to up to 50 local families who are deemed to be food insecure. Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program supports projects that target health challenges facing our communities.”

Food for the initiative has been locally grown and provided by the Guthrie Community Garden, and through donations from local food distributors, including Keck’s Food Service. Some of the grant funds will also be used to supplement the purchase of healthy food during the winter months.

The Healthy Food, Healthy Families is a supportive program of the Healthy Habits, Healthy Children Committee, which has a long-term goal to help people eat well and be active by expanding and improving known programs that work. Members of this committee have been meeting for almost a year. Representatives of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Wyalusing-Wysox Daycare, Penn State Extension, Nurse Family Partnership, Women Infants and Children, Guthrie Weight Loss Center, Athens and Towanda school districts, and numerous community members have participated.

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 2016-2019: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage.

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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 a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 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.

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Laura Fitzgerald and Donald Skerpon of Guthrie, Gretchen Rentschler of Church of the Redeemer and Brooks Eldredge-Martin of the Guthrie Community Benefit Committee