Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel receives grant from Rite Aid Healthy Futures to improve food access and racial equity
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
PORTLAND, ORE. – Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel has received a Connecting Communities grant from Rite Aid Healthy Futures to support expansion of the hospital’s food support program with culturally responsive offerings.
Funds from the nearly $150,000 grant will facilitate the following efforts: monthly produce distribution and cooking events, Community Health Worker staff positions, expanding “Cooking Matters” nutrition education for patient families, and creating culturally responsive pantry boxes for each unit and participating clinic.
Launched in 2021, Rite Aid’s Connecting Communities program finds innovative ways to link major institutions and their communities to nurture and promote health equity for children, especially those who may already be receiving medical care or living with a serious illness such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity, among others.
“Healthy communities create healthier and more resilient children, and the reality is hunger and food insecurity prevent far too many children, families and communities from reaching their full and inherent potential,” said Matt DeCamara, executive director of Rite Aid Healthy Futures. “By partnering with these incredible hospitals across the country, we hope to reach kids and families where the need is greatest and treat healthy food as life-changing medicine.”
About Randall Children’s Hospital
Randall Children’s Hospital is a regional leader in the care of babies, children and teens — blending the finest in medical services with family-friendly spaces. It is part of Legacy Health, the area’s largest local, nonprofit health system. Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds for the hospital.
To learn more about supporting Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation, contact Senior Associate Director of Development, Heather McEvoy, at 503-276-9495 or email@example.com.
About Rite Aid Healthy Futures
Rite Aid Healthy Futures, is a public charity dedicated to driving change in communities, with an emphasis on underserved neighborhoods, focusing on the areas of health, wellness, race and equity. Visit www.RiteAidHealthyFutures.org to learn more.