Supply of 31,500 Meals Will Help Those Affected by COVID-19
(DAYTON, Ohio – March 18, 2020) CareSource announced their commitment up to $75,000 in funding to allow the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to prepare 1,500 supplemental food boxes to be distributed to those in need in Northeast Ohio. Each box will include a seven-day supply of food, covering three nutritious meals per day for a total of 31,500 meals. Additionally, CareSource employees have volunteered to assemble and distribute the boxes.
“We are incredibly grateful for CareSource stepping up to help during this critical time. Thanks to CareSource, we will be able to provide a seven-day, shelf-stable box of food to over 1,000 clients in need,” said Kristin Warzocha, CEO and President, Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “This will make a significant positive impact on the well being of our clients during this pandemic.”
The CDC recommendations for stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus include having a supply of non-perishable food to minimize trips to stores but nearly 1 in 7 people in Ohio struggle with hunger. With the support of CareSource, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank can now supply nutritious food, which is critical during this period of social distancing and isolation.
“These are unprecedented times in our communities as we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Stephen Ringel, Ohio Market President, CareSource. “At CareSource we know that access to health care is just one piece of the puzzle for healthy living. That is why we continue to invest and innovate in social determinants of health, including access to food.”
Following Governor DeWine’s call for those who are in a position to help to serve as volunteers, CareSource employees who are in the low-risk categories have signed up to support the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for packing the boxes and safely distributing them to clients in a drive-thru setting. For more information on food assistance, call 216-738-2067.