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Catholic Health teams up to provide critical support to FeedMore WNY

Posted at 11:06 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 20:31:46-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Catholic Health is taking its work on the road in a new way.

Approximately 20 employees will take turns delivering meals weekly to homebound seniors as part of FeedMore WNY’s Adopt-A-Route program.

For FeedMore, Catholic Health’s partnership helps alleviate the critical need for volunteers to deliver meals.

“We are delivering to thousands of people in Western New York every day, and without volunteers we can count on we simply would not get food out to our clients,” said Tara Ellis, President & CEO of FeedMore WNY.

For Catholic Health, this is part of a larger commitment to supporting patients’ health and well-being.

“Food insecurity is a big issue in our community. Healthcare itself is less than 15% of healing. The rest comes from people, good neighbors, the city of good neighbors, good companies, volunteering and providing food to those in need,” said Mark Sullivan, President & CEO of Catholic Health.

Joyce Markiewicz, Catholic Health’s Chief Business Development Officer, tells 7 Eyewitness News that the health system is also working on a training program with FeedMore WNY to teach patients “self help” skills.

“This program is just the tip of the iceberg of some of the work that we can do,” said Markiewicz.