Holy Cross Hospital Announces Food Security Grant Recipients

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Broward Education Foundation and LifeNet4Families receive grants

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2015) – Holy Cross Hospital has awarded food security grants totaling $25,000 to two local non-profit organizations in honor of John C. Johnson, president emeritus and former chief executive officer of the non-profit hospital.

Broward Education Foundation received $10,000 and LifeNet4Families was awarded $15,000 for projects that increase knowledge of food insecurity among Broward County residents; reduce the risk of food insecurity among persons at high risk; reduce food insecurity among residents; and serve as a new model for future food insecurity interventions.

“We wholeheartedly support and recognize the impact these organizations have on those facing hardship and economic crises, truly exemplifying the mission of the Sisters of Mercy,” Sister Rita Levasseur, Holy Cross Vice President of Sponsorship & Mission Effectiveness.

With the $10,000 grant, the Broward Education Foundation, which supports Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the sixth largest public school system in the United States, will double the number of food insecure individuals served and incorporate an innovative school garden and healthy living fair to help children learn at a young age how food is grown and the benefits of eating healthy food. BCPS Coordinated Health Services (CHS) at Lauderdale Manors Early Learning and Family Resource Center in the Dillard Innovation Zone has taught healthy living skills to students and their families in the district for eight years.

The Dillard Innovation Zone has one of the lowest accessibility of medical facilities and availability of healthy foods despite its population having some of the highest rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, HIV/AIDS prevalence and other illnesses. The Student Services Department at the Center offers family counseling, homeless education, child abuse prevention, and monitoring of dependency, delinquency and attendance. Due to the Center’s ability to target the students and families with the greatest needs, CHS recently began food distribution and has already impacted over 3,000 students and families.

The $15,000 grant to LifeNet4Families, offering hot meals to more than 250 low-income men, women and children a day, will fund access to food and sustainability by offering assessments, daily food provision, supplemental food boxes, food stamp assistance and nutrition education. LifeNet4Families’ programs support families and individuals who are facing an economic crisis by providing clients with access to onsite shower facilities, clothing, referrals, job readiness preparation, onsite nursing, emergency financial assistance, case management, rapid HIV testing, public benefits screenings, and mailing address usage and mail retrieval services so they can become self-sufficient. Participants are appropriately placed in the service areas that will optimally provide what is needed to accomplish that goal.

"Their innovative projects speak to John Johnson's vision of ensuring that every man, woman and child in Broward County has access to sufficient food,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D.
About Holy Cross Hospital
A part of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to meet our diverse community's evolving healthcare needs.  Thriving since 1955, Holy Cross Hospital's medical staff numbers more than 600, represents more than 40 specialties and is complemented by more than 3,000 employees — all  working to make Holy Cross our community's trusted health partner for life. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.