December 20 2019 – It’s estimated that more than 260,000 people in Broward County don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. In an effort to help fill the food insecurity gap, Broward Health Community Health Services on Thursday, Dec. 19th, gave 1,000 people in need turkeys and bags of food filled with everything necessary to prepare a traditional holiday meal.
This was the second time Broward Health hosted a holiday meal distribution at the Annie L. Weaver Health Center. Last year, the healthcare system and its partners distributed 750 meals at the center. Through the holiday season beginning in November, the healthcare system has provided more than 2,400 meals through food donations.
“We are passionate about serving our community,” said Gino Santorio, President/CEO of Broward Health. “Our caregivers and leadership team consider themselves fortunate to step in and meet the needs of our friends and neighbors.”
The five-hour event saw cars lining the health center’s parking lot and neighboring streets. Broward Health leadership, volunteers and North Broward Hospital District commissioners placed the turkeys and bags of food in trunks and backseats. The food distribution was also open to patients of the Pompano Beach health center.
“Our doctors and nurses serve more than 2,000 people a year,” said Sharon Crum a nurse manager with Broward Health Community Health Services. “We’re able to provide high quality care that includes nutritional counseling, infection management and referrals to specialists.”
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