Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center partners with Penobscot Community Health Care’s Hope House to feed those in need
(October 14, 2019) – Each week, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center prepares and serves more than 7,000 meals to patients and feeds more than 15,000 meals to visitors and guests. That is a LOT of food, and not all of it is consumed. But now, extra food that is leftover at the end of each day is going to good use.
Recently, the Medical Center reached an agreement with Hope House Health and Living Center in Bangor, a program of Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC), to donate any remaining leftovers at the end of the day to help feed those served by Hope House. Located just up the street from Northern Light Pediatrics on Corporate Drive, the shelter offers emergency shelter, transitional housing, and health care for the area’s homeless population, and provides safe, warm housing and meals to, on average, 60 homeless people each night.
“When you’re dealing with the kinds of quantities we see at the Medical Center, there is bound to be excess food at the end of each day,” says Marc D. Edelman, senior vice president of operations, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. “It seemed a shame to toss out perfectly good food when there are people in our community who are hungry. I could not be prouder that our staff put people first and brought this opportunity to senior leadership so we could partner with our colleagues at PCHC and Hope House to feed our homeless citizens.”
Bruce Hews, manager of operations and community affairs at Hope House, agrees. “This is a perfect and natural match of resources with need, and we look forward to working collaboratively with Northern Light Health to serve those who need it most.”
This latest effort is the most recent in a string of partnerships or agreements between Eastern Maine Medical Center and various community organizations to help improve the lives of the citizens of our region.