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HomeNewsSSM Health DePaul Hospital, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Operation Food Search Host Drive-Thru Food Distribution for Families in North County

SSM Health DePaul Hospital, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Operation Food Search Host Drive-Thru Food Distribution for Families in North County

SSM Health DePaul Hospital, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Operation Food Search Host Drive-Thru Food Distribution for Families in North County

SSM Health DePaul Hospital, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Operation Food Search Host Drive-Thru Food Distribution for Families in North County

Food boxes distributed to more than 160 families in North County.

BRIDGETON, MO (June 17, 2021) – SSM Health DePaul Hospital, Operation Food Search and the St. Louis Area Foodbank teamed up to distribute boxes of food to more than 160 families from North County.

“We are a community hospital and we have a partnership with our community,” Tina Garrison, President of SSM Health DePaul Hospital, said. “People go into healthcare because it is a calling to help others and this is an opportunity to give direct help to our neighbors in our community.”

Vouchers were distributed to families in need by community organizations and local school districts. When families arrived at DePaul, their vehicles were loaded with boxes including fresh vegetables, canned goods and a few frozen meals.

“Food insecurity is a significant healthcare concern in our community,” Garrison said. “In DePaul’s North County service area, upwards of 20-30% of families are food insecure. By partnering with these organizations to try to meet even a portion of the food security needs is the first step in meeting the full healthcare needs in this area.”

About SSM Health
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system. The organization’s nearly 40,000 employees and more than 11,000 providers are committed to providing exceptional health care services and revealing God’s healing presence to everyone they serve.

SSM Health in St. Louis operates 8 hospitals, 6 urgent care locations, 25 SSM Health Express Clinic at Walgreens and more than 40 medical offices in the area. For more information, visit us at ssmhealth.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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