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We work to ensure that you're a part of the discussions that affect your health through a variety of education and advocacy initiatives. Our Come to the Table program aims to raise awareness about hunger in our communities and to increase access to healthier foods in underserved areas. ProMedica is also home to Fields of Green, an umbrella for several health and nutrition education programs.
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Come to the Table to End U.S. Hunger
As part of its collaborative Come to the Table advocacy initiative, ProMedica is addressing hunger as a health issue and encouraging other healthcare leaders, federal legislators and additional partners to expand the effort to their communities. ProMedica and one of its national partners, the Alliance to End Hunger, held a national summit in Washington, D.C., on February 27, 2014 to broaden the dialogue about hunger and health. Randy Oostra, ProMedica president and chief executive officer, unveiled this video about the problem of U.S. hunger and some solutions at the Capitol Hill summit.
Compete in ProMedica’s 2014 School Food Drive Challenge
The concept is simple: Plan and hold a seven-day food drive, and give all of the non-perishable collections to a hunger-relief agency or other community organization.
And while one school will win $1,000 for collecting the most food per student in ProMedica’s 2014 School Food Drive Challenge, all participants will help eliminate hunger in their communities. As part of its Come to the Table initiative to end hunger and address it as a health issue, ProMedica will award $1,000 to the school who collects the most pounds of food per donated student. Participating elementary, middle and high schools must plan and hold a seven-day food drive in 2014 involving students, faculty and staff by April 11. All non-expired, non-perishable food that is collected must be delivered to the selected hunger-relief agency or other community organization. To learn more about the 2014 School Food Drive Challenge, please read this handout. An application for the 2014 School Food Drive Challenge can be found here.
ProMedica Helps to Change a Food Desert - The Flower Market Garden Grocer
As part of its mission to end hunger, ProMedica’s Flower Market, at 3890 Monroe St., has opened a healthy Garden Grocer. This healthy corner store will provide convenient access to fresh fruits, vegetable, whole grains and low fat dairy products, as the CDC states that food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat dairy, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet. The closest full service grocery store is a mile away in each direction, so the addition of these healthy foods are being provided to assist the neighborhood in healthy options, when a trip to the grocery store is not an easy option. The Flower Market Garden Grocer food items will be priced at grocery store prices, and will accept SNAP and WIC benefits, in the near future. Other future programs for this site include occasional cooking demos and a farmer’s market.
Legislative Event Focused on Senior Hunger
On April 29, 2013, ProMedica participated in a legislative breakfast hosted by the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio. Regional organizations and elected officials gave remarks pertaining to the hidden issue of hunger amongst seniors. In the below video, which was shown at the event, the Area Office on Aging puts a face on this issue by documenting the struggles of three older adults as they try to obtain enough food.
Toledo-Area Leaders Come to the Table
Nearly a quarter of families in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan do not have access to healthy food. ProMedica President and CEO Randy Oostra and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell invited leaders from all over the region to Come to the Table and discuss ways to end hunger in our communities. They challenged area leaders to work together to establish hunger-free zones in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
For more information about the Come to the Table hunger initiative, contact ProMedica’s Advocacy department at 419-469-3896.
View a video below of Randy Oostra and Mayor Mike Bell discussing community hunger.
Come to the Table School Food Drive Competition
Hunger is a hidden problem in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. More than one out of five families in our region receives aid to help feed their families. This epidemic leads to significant health problems for community members, especially children. Children’s growth and ability to learn can suffer without proper nutrition. In adults, poor diets lead to poor health. As a healthcare leader in the regions we serve, ProMedica is working with community partners to address the problem of hunger. This year, ProMedica challenged elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in our service area to Come to the Table.
Congratulations to Christ the King School in Toledo, which raised more than 4300 pounds of non-perishable food items during their one-week food drive. In addition to the food collected, the school’s 8th grade student council members elected to donate their entire $1,000 award from ProMedica to the Assumption Outreach Center’s food program.
In addition to Christ the King, 14 other schools from the Ohio counties of Lucas, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood, as well as Hillsdale County in Michigan, raised more than 17,000 pounds of food during their respective food drives. All food collected was donated to a food program of the school’s choice in their own community.
Visit our Come to the Table resources page for ideas and templates on conducting your own food drive or weekend back-pack program.
Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry
Recently, ProMedica was selected as a Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Ally, which will bring additional resources to the northwest Ohio community to help end childhood hunger by 2015. One program, which helps to provide free lunches to schoolchildren in need through the summer, is supported by ProMedica’s Advocacy Fund.
View the video below to learn more about No Kid Hungry actiities in our community.
No Kid Hungry Documentary
The new documentary, "Hunger Hits Home," takes a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians on the frontlines of the battle. The film is part of an ongoing partnership between Food Network and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
Addressing Hunger Essential to Improving Health
The relationship between eating well and good health is solidly acknowledged. We learn from an early age that “you are what you eat” and consuming fruits and vegetables is important. With the growth of the obesity epidemic, much of the attention to food consumption in America has focused on the volume, caloric density, and fat content of food consumed, with good reason. What’s often missing in our discussion of good health and food consumption, however, is the tragic level of hunger in America. In the richest nation, millions suffer the pangs of hunger and their health suffers as a result.
In a recent white paper developed by ProMedica and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), we examine the extent of hunger in America, the inextricable links of hunger to poor health and the need to consider hunger as a health issue to make the changes needed.
Being Advocates for our Communities
We further support our area residents through government relations efforts. We work with public officials, community stakeholders and our own hospital departments to ensure that local and national healthcare policies best serve the needs of our communities.