Grossmont Healthcare District Helps Feed the Hungry this Holiday Season

LA MESA, Calif. (December 8, 2020) – The impact of COVID-19 has nearly doubled the need for food assistance in San Diego County, according to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, a grant recipient of the Grossmont Healthcare District.

Because of this alarming statistic, the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is addressing the health consequences of poor and unavailable nutrition through nearly $150,000 in grants to nonprofits providing food assistance to residents within the East Region. This year’s recipients include the Food Bank, Meals-On-Wheels, Jewish Family Service, Mama’s Kitchen, and Serving Seniors.

With stay-at-home orders in place during the holiday season, GHD is also hosting a virtual food drive in support of local families in need through December 21.

“Hunger exists around every corner in San Diego County,” said James Floros, President and CEO of Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. “The District helps provide crucial food insecurity relief to East County families facing the unthinkable decision between paying bills and buying nutritious food. It takes all our caring and generous neighbors to make sure people do not go hungry.”

Many volunteer and donation opportunities are available to help neighbors in need.

“We encourage folks to give as much as they are able this holiday season,” said Barry Jantz, GHD Chief Executive Officer. “Everyone can do something to spread a little cheer.”

For more information about the GHD holiday food drive: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grossmont-health-holidays-virtual-food-drive-tickets-131940990053

About Grossmont Healthcare District
The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in East County. The District formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. It serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital and owns the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The district is governed by a five-member board of directors who represent more than 500,000 people residing within 750 square miles.

CONTACT:
Erica Salcuni
Grossmont Healthcare District
esalcuni@grossmonthealthcare.org
Phone: (619) 825-5017

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