In 2018, an estimated 1 in 9 Americans were food insecure, equating to over 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children. At Trusted Medical, there has been an increased effort to meet the needs of the communities we serve. We have called upon our amazing team in collaboration with “Little Free Pantry” to provide innovative solutions that help fight hunger and get food to community members who are vulnerable during this new and challenging time.
Many households have seen a change in access to food, a reduction in income or have new obstacles of feeding family members. While most people are spending more time at home; many businesses have had to make the highly impactful and hard choice to close their doors. In light of this some people are finding themselves unable to provide for their families while many others are limited to sparse inventory at their local grocery stores. Although many people have an income that is considered to be below poverty level, there is a vast number of people who do not qualify for food assistance programs. Even one “off” month can take a household from stable to unstable as far as food security goes.
Helping Fight Hunger
Trusted has partnered with “Little Free Pantry” to provide a free resource for the community to fill emerging gaps in food security. Trusted has installed one little free pantry at our Coppell location and one at our Mansfield location, for which we are collecting non-perishable food donations until November 20th, 2020. These pantries are located in a discrete, yet well lit, location on the outside of the facilities and are meant to serve our community in a way that promotes both the giving and receiving of assistance. The pantries are stocked with non-perishable food items, toiletries, and hygiene items. Our motto for these pantries is “take what you need and leave what you don’t.”
Trusted Medical Centers has always been committed to serving our communities and its members in any way we can. We are so proud of the communities we serve and want to give back in a way that reaches far beyond food assistance. We hope that these new resources provide added peace of mind to our patients and neighbors in a time of uncertainty.