Food insecurity has increased in many communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of its community health mission, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) made a $14,400 donation to the Southern Maryland Food Bank to help fight food insecurity in Charles County, Md. Supported by the CRMC Foundation and the University of Maryland Medical System, this donation will help fund 1,600 "Snack Saks," which can be used to make approximately 20,000 meals.
UM CRMC has provided additional support to the food bank, including volunteers and coordination with a local real estate brokerage to provide access to an empty retail facility. This facility is being used as a larger food packing site to help meet the increased need.
"Addressing food insecurity in Charles County, which has been worsened by the pandemic, is a top priority for UM Charles Regional, our public sector and our nonprofit partners," said Noel Cervino, president and CEO of UM CRMC. "This partnership will help children and families that are experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of the pandemic."