WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Dec. 20, 2016 — Recognizing the impact of nutrition on a healthy community, John Muir Health is making a holiday contribution of $35,000 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The funding will support the Food Bank's Community Produce Program, which distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 50 sites throughout Contra Costa and Solano counties twice a month.
"Hunger is a serious problem locally with one in eight Contra Costa and Solano residents turning to the Food Bank for emergency and supplemental meals," said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. "John Muir Health's generous contribution will help us to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to local families in need."
"As a local not-for-profit health system, John Muir Health recognizes how important good nutrition is to a person's overall health and well-being," said Cal Knight, president and CEO of John Muir Health. "Our physicians, nurses, employees and volunteers are proud to support the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in their year-round commitment to ensuring people have access to fresh produce. We recognize the tremendous need in our community and are grateful to have this opportunity to help make a difference."
The partnership dates back to 2008, when a John Muir Health employee first recommended that the health system support the Food Bank. Since then John Muir Health has contributed more than $250,000 to help feed local families in need. The Community Produce Program started in 2012 with a grant from the John Muir Health-supported John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund.
For more information on the Community Produce Program and a list of distribution sites, please visit http://www.foodbankccs.org/get-help/foodbycity.html.
About John Muir Health
John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians, nearly 6,000 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including Contra Costa County's only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also has partnerships with Tenet Healthcare/San Ramon Regional Medical Center, UCSF Health and Stanford Children's Health to expand its capabilities, increase access to services and better serve patients. The health system offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care.