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Food boxes and care kits: Health Dept offers new types of support

Food boxes and care kits: Health Dept offers new types of support

Published 1:15 am Sunday, May 21, 2023

The Piedmont Health District of the Virginia Health Department has two new programs to help community members struggling with COVID-19 or food insecurities.  That’s done through partnerships with Feed More and Unite Us to launch The COVID-19 Care Kit and The Healthy Food Box programs.

The COVID-19 Care Kit Program is funded through the Rural Health Grant to fund a COVID-19-specific project. These kits will provide a reusable grocery bag, at-home Covid test kits, hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes, chicken noodle soup, Pedialyte and a get-well-soon card signed by the staff. These kits are available for community members fighting the virus and need a little extra support. 

“This is a way we can show that we care and help while they are home sick,” said Kaycie Porter, community health worker for the Piedmont Health District.

A healthy food box

The second program is The Healthy Food Box Program. For these boxes, the Piedmont Health District has partnered with Feed More to supply the food for the boxes. These will be available for community members caught in an emergency food shortage. This can be due to supply shortages, not being able to get by until the next food pantry or not being qualified for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) but still facing hardships. The Healthy Food Box will include shelf-stable food items like rice, pasta and vegetables.

“We came up with this as a team as many community members could be in need as food prices continue to go up and in light of the emergency benefits of SNAP being lifted,” said Porter. 

These kits will be delivered

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Guest Column: Statewide support has helped PNWU thrive | Opinion

Remarkable things are happening at Yakima’s Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU), a grassroots, nonprofit university founded less than 20 years ago by a passionate group of community leaders.

In less than two decades, PNWU has achieved national recognition. Our College of Osteopathic Medicine is ranked in the top-10 in the U.S. in three mission-related categories: Second for most graduates practicing in primary care fields, third for most graduates practicing in medically underserved areas, and sixth for most graduates practicing in rural areas (U.S. News and World Report).

On Saturday, we celebrated our 12th annual commencement ceremony. Each of our graduates become healers in their communities, and most of them choose Washington as their home.

Our wholehearted commitment to the health of rural and medically underserved communities has been possible thanks to the enduring support of the Yakama Nation, and our state’s leaders, including Gov. Jay Inslee, House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, Sen. Curtis King, Sen. Judy Warnick, Rep. Marcus Riccelli and Rep. Chris Corry, among many others. We are grateful for the generosity of the state of Washington for allocating $5.25 million to PNWU which will provide equipment for our School of Occupational Therapy and support construction of the Student Learning Collaborative that will house parts of all of our programs, including our developing School of Dental Medicine.

Our aspirational vision to revolutionize community health is within our reach thanks to strong partnerships with health care organizations throughout the state, including MultiCare Health System, Premera Blue Cross, Delta Dental of Washington, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Comprehensive Healthcare, Community Health of Central Washington and others.

Fellow colleges and universities believe in our mission. Washington State University, University of Washington, Central Washington University, Heritage University, Yakima Valley College, Perry Technical Institute,

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