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Sodexo Donates to Inland’s Community Food Security Program

Date: 09/03/2020

Northern Light Inland Hospital is excited to announce a $5000 donation to the hospital from Joanne Booth and her employer, Sodexo, to support our Food is Medicine program. 

The grant is part of Sodexo’s “Heroes of Everyday Life” program which honors staff for their outstanding community efforts in the fight against hunger. Booth is an Oakland resident and a senior manager with Sodexo’s Health Care division. Sodexo is an international food services and facilities company. Booth has been a hands-on community advocate for food security, helping others through many organizations like Inland Hospital, the Waterville Food Bank, Greater Waterville Kiwanis and Friends of the Maine Children’s Home. 

Booth has a passion to help children in need and is proud to connect her donation to efforts at Inland. “It’s very rewarding to help my community and Inland Hospital is an important part of our community. So many patients go through their doors in so many locations; they have the ability to connect faster with people who are food insecure. We’re so pleased that the grant can help address an immediate need.”

Inland’s Food is Medicine program helps patients at their physician practices and the hospital. Providers and staff routinely screen patients for food insecurity, and patients who have immediate needs are offered emergency food bags on the spot. Inland leaders say that a patient can’t recover from illness or live their healthiest possible life if they aren’t getting the proper nutrition. The program also provides transportation funds for Inland patients who cannot get to a foodbank on their own. 

“Sodexo’s support of our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve is a great community partnership,” says Terri Vieira, president of Inland Hospital. “We are very grateful to Sodexo and Joanne Booth, who has been a champion for food stability efforts in the area. Together, we are making a difference.” 

For more information about Inland’s Food is Medicine program, please contact Bridgette Gemelli, community health navigator at 861.3000. To learn more about Sodexo’s Heroes of Everyday Life effort, visit http://us.stop-hunger.org/home/grants/2020-heroes.html.

Photo: (Left to Right) Joanne Booth, Sodexo senior manager; Bridgette Gemelli, community health navigator; Terri Vieira, president of Inland Hospital hold an emergency food bag and a Food and Resource Guide.