St. Joseph Health Grant Spurs Partnership

St  Mary supports local food collaberativeBy Staff Reports

(Victorville)– St. Joseph Health, St. Mary, in partnership with several community partners, is improving the food storage and distribution reliability for the area’s disadvantaged.

Through a $46,666 grant awarded by the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund, four local food pantries and the San Bernardino County food bank have agreed to pool their resources to ensure that food is available for the homeless and poor in the Victor Valley when it is needed most.

St. John of God, High Desert Outreach, Feed My Sheep Ministries, and Victor Valley Rescue Mission have partnered to work with the San Bernardino County Food Bank to truck additional food to the High Desert, according to Kevin Mahany, Director of Healthy Communities for St. Joseph Health, St. Mary.

“Since the need is so great and San Bernardino County is so large, the Community Action Partnership (CAP) San Bernardino County Food Bank values its partner agencies,” said Gerald Wilson, Acting Program Manager with CAP. “Without its partnerships such as that which exists in the High Desert, and our 187 partner agencies and 2000 volunteers spread throughout the county, the CAPSBC Food Bank would be hard pressed to reach those less fortunate in the outline areas of the county.”

The grant funds awarded to the partnering food pantries will be used toward vehicle maintenance and fuel costs for transporting food from the county’s food bank to the Victor Valley. Feed My Sheep Ministries will start a weekly donation collection service from large food banks and High Desert Outreach will obtain fresh produce and vegetable donation from Central California. The additional food will be stored by St. John of God and Victor Valley Rescue Mission for distribution.

“The enthusiasm and willingness to partner displayed by these organizations won them the grant,” Mahany added. “It’s that same enthusiasm that will make this partnership a more successful way to feed our less fortunate neighbors in the Victor Valley.”

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