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April 23, 2020

GCACH Donates $300,000 to Second Harvest to Address Food Insecurity

Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health (GCACH) donated $300,000 to Second Harvest for residents struggling to make ends meet amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to the Senior Vice President of Projects for Second Harvest, Holly Siler, food sourcing and distribution costs will increase by as much as 275%, or almost $600,000 amidst COVID-19. The organization is projecting expenses of at least $763,500 in the next three months. 
GCACH’s contribution will help Second Harvest supply food banks across the Greater Columbia region. According to their website, Second Harvest is a “food bank for the food banks,” supplying food to 45 food banks across the GCACH service area. 
 “Seven of our nine GCACH counties have rates above the state average for children in poverty, and every county is below the statewide median for household income,” stated Brian Gibbons, GCACH Board President, and CEO of Astria Sunnyside Hospital. Brian added, “the assistance will help struggling families re-allocate their limited resources to other pressing matters such as rent, utilities, medicine, and transportation.”