The CORE Institute, Arizona’s orthopedic practice, made a $10,000 donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank (firstfoodbank.org) to help meet increased demand from the COVID-19 pandemic.
St. Mary’s Food Bank helps feed hungry families throughout the Valley, and with The CORE Institute’s donation, they are able to serve an additional 70,000 meals to Arizona families in need.
“The CORE Institute focuses on more than just musculoskeletal health, we also focus on the health of our communities,” CORE Institute Arizona Market president Dr. Mark Campbell stated in a news release. “So, it was important to support our local community partner, St. Mary’s Food Bank, during this crisis that has left so many people unable to put food on their tables.”
The CORE Institute’s West Valley locations include 10494 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Suite 102, Sun City; 14520 W. Granite Valley Drive, Suites 120 & 210, Sun City West; and 13995 W. Statler Blvd., Suite 165, Surprise.
Food insecurity is a problem faced by nearly 2 million Arizonans every year. That number has drastically increased during the last year with COVID-19, quarantine protocols, and the loss of jobs across the state.
St. Mary’s Food Bank served 20% to 25% more families in 2020, feeding 2,000 families weekly compared with 500 in 2019.
“With an incredible number of families turning to St. Mary’s for help during this pandemic, we are distributing more food than at any time in our 53-year history,” Food Bank president and CEO Tom Kertis stated. “We can only achieve our goal of helping all in need with the assistance of partners like The CORE Institute, and we thank them for their generous donation.”
St. Mary’s Food Bank serves nine of Arizona’s 15 counties.