In Westchester County, New York, the unemployment rate has increased to more than 11% due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To support the community, White Plains Hospital is helping its neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity and addressing other health and social needs.
Through its partnership with Feeding Westchester, the hospital hosted several community food distributions, feeding more than 1,000 households during the month of May and continuing through June. These efforts are part of the many programs and resources offered by the hospital to support the overall health and well-being of the community. Partnerships with the White Plains Housing Authority, El Centro Hispano and the Ministers Fellowship Council allow the hospital to further its reach and help community members most at risk.
At the food distributions, White Plains Hospital volunteers added flyers containing important information on how people can protect themselves from COVID-19 and what to do if they are exposed or symptomatic. Additionally, masks and hand sanitizers were provided to keep the community safe. The safety and health of the community, which have always been important to the hospital’s mission, have now taken on new urgency during the COVID-19 crisis.
The hospital plans to continue providing necessary resources to address health and social needs in the community.