According to Senior Program Director Homer Gutierrez of the Treasure Coast Food Bank, a one dollar donation converts to eight meals. Last week, the Physicans of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute presented Gutierrez with a check for $1,500 to help alleviate hunger on the Treasure Coast. The physicians’ gift will help provide 15,000 meals to individuals in the community who are experiencing what are known as food insecurity issues.
Dr. Perry Lloyd and members of the Physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute presented the funds at a recent meeting of the Medical Executive Committee. The physicians selected the Treasure Coast Food Bank as the recipient of their donation because the organization serves nearly 100,000 individuals per work through their network of more than 300 partner agencies and their own direct service programs.
According to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, one in four children in our community are considered food insecure. This means they are lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. The number of seniors, veterans, and homeless individuals who are also considered to be food insecure is also staggeringly high. And though the phsycians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute are trained to deal with health issues, illness, and emergencies, the group is keenly aware that it is often the underlying issue of poverty and need that create or exacerbate illness and health crises. To combat that in a small way and to help make a positive impact on the community in which they live and work, the caring individuals who comprise the physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute have chosen to help the organization whose mission is to end hunger in our region.
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