BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercy and Memorial Hospitals partnered with Sonder and CityServe have committed to distribute 11,000 meals over 10 days to the most vulnerable populations in the area.
Dignity Health Bakersfield in April announced its partnership with Operation BBQ relief and Sonder Resarant to provide 35,000 meals over a two week period to the homeless and those experiencing food insecurity in Kern County.
Starting May 20, Bakersfield Homeless Center, St. Vincent de Paul, The Mission of Kern County and various churches in underserved and rural areas will receive over 1,000 meals a day for distribution through May 31.
“CityServe feels extremely blessed to be part of this outreach into our community,” says Robin Robinson who is responsible for community development and church engagement for CityServe in Kern County. “To be part of feeding Kern County and to be able to see food go into areas where food insecurity is so large during this time of pandemic. This project is a blessing to our community.”
“Health comes first beyond the walls of the hospital as our outreach programs fundamentally alter the healthcare dynamics for high-risk, underserved populations by providing basic needs services, including food, directly to residents in need in our community,” adds Regional Director for the hospitals’ Special Needs and Community Outreach Department Donna Winkley. “We are committed to building healthier communities. By partnering with CityServe and collaborating with The Mission at Kern County, Bakersfield Homeless Center and St. Vincent de Paul, we will be able to supply nutritious food, which is a high priority.”
This partnership is made possible through a $75,000 donation from Dignity Health.