In January, Huntington Hospital nurses, physicians and employees honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of giving back to those in need with a food drive. Benefiting Pasadena’s local food bank, Friends in Deed, 4,200 pounds of non-perishable items and $1,490 in monetary donations were collected to help those struggling with food insecurity.
“Huntington Hospital is committed to the health and well-being of the community, and this begins with access to nutritious food,” said Pamela Weatherspoon, MBA, Vice President, Enterprise, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Huntington Hospital. “In honor of Martin Luther King, our employees rallied around this important cause to support our friends, family and neighbors who may be facing food insecurities, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so proud to provide our donations to Friends in Deed, whose work providing food in the community is so desperately needed right now.”
“Every week, Friends in Deed provides food to between 380-400 families and we rely on community partners to help us make sure we never have to turn anyone away for lack of food, said Tim Nistler, Food Pantry Program Director, Friends in Deed. “With food drives like the one we received from Huntington Hospital, we can continue to make sure that every family that comes for food, receives food. The generosity of the folks at the hospital has reinforced our motto of “Doing together what we cannot do alone”. We couldn’t serve as many people as we do without this help.”
Friends in Deed, www.friendsindeedpas.org, is an interfaith organization that provides supportive services to meet basic human needs, so Pasadena‘s homeless and at-risk neighbors can rebuild their lives. Celebrating more than 125 years of service, the organization fulfils the needs of clients by leveraging their small, but dedicated staff, with many volunteers.