LANCASTER – Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley physicians and employees recently donated more than 500 food and personal hygiene items to Antelope Valley College’s Heart and Hands Pantry.
The Hearts and Hands Pantry assists AVC students, in good standing, who are homeless or struggling with hunger. Last year, the pantry distributed more than 5,000 ready-to-eat meals and 500 take-home food boxes for in-need students.
“You can’t study when your basic needs are not met. Donations like this ensure that students do not need to worry about their next meal and can focus on academics,” stated Dr. Jill Zimmerman, Dean of Student Life and Services. “We are grateful for the generosity of Kaiser Permanente.”
Kaiser Permanente’s physicians and employees organized the donation drive.
“Our physicians and employees were happy to help make a difference for students in-need,” stated Wendy Fuentes, RN, MSN, Kaiser Permanente ambulatory care practice leader and donation drive co-organizer. “We organized donation drop-off locations at each medical office building, so everyone had an opportunity to give.”
To learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program, visit www.community.kp.org.
[Information via news release from Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley.]