Legal-name: St. Mary Medical Center Foundation
Address: 1050 Linden Avenue
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Michael Neils, President/Chief Philanthropy Officer
ContactName: Rose M Wright
Title: Director of Grants
GrantPurpose: The requested grant will be used to provide weekly, emergency food/personal necessity bags for the next 12-weeks to 55 of the most high-risk patients served by St. Mary Medical Center’s Comprehensive AIDS Resource Education (CARE) Center’s Food Pantry, many of whom are homeless, and/or elderly patients with severely compromised immune systems as a result of their HIV or chemotherapy/cancer treatment.
Periodoftime: 12 weeks
Audienceserved: Homeless, Elderly, Immunocompromised, Food Insecure
Demoofaudience: CARE has a diverse client population: 40.8% are Caucasian, while 59.2% are persons of color: 21.1% African-American; 32.6% Latino, and; 3.8% Asian/Pacific Islander. 48.1% of CARE’s clients are 50≤, including more than 300 clients 60≤. Approximately 20% of CARE clientele lack health insurance; 60% report incomes up to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, with 27% reporting incomes between 100% and 138%.
District: St. Mary is located in District 6, but also serves surrounding Long Beach Districts.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : The CARE Center Food Pantry has been providing weekly, emergency food/personal necessity bags through our home-based, case management staff, to CARE clients who – in the past – had not been accessing the food pantry. This has resulted in a 25 percent increase, (an additional $1,100), in food provided by the food pantry in March. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, we anticipate even more CARE clients will be in dire need of the nutritional support provided by the emergency food bags.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : The grant will be used to provide weekly, emergency food/personal necessity bags for the next 12-weeks to 55 of the most high-risk patients served by St. Mary’s CARE Center; the oldest and largest provider of HIV medical, dental and support services to low income residents in Long Beach who are infected/affected by HIV disease. CARE operates a food pantry that provides dietary counseling and food to more than 2,000 clients annually. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are seeing an increase in food insecurity from our clients; many of whom find themselves in critical need of assistance. Those who would be served by the requested funds are homeless, and/or high-risk clients which include elderly persons and patients with severely compromised immune systems as a result of their HIV or chemotherapy/cancer treatment. CARE’s emergency food bags are customized, (based on the dietary needs of the client), and contain high-quality, nutritious food, like high protein drinks and bars, tuna, and trail mix, as well as items like eggs, chicken and frozen vegetables for those who are homebound. During this critical time, the CARE Food Pantry will use the requested funds to purchase 660 emergency food/personal necessity bags. The food pantry provides the infrastructure to assemble and store the food while CARE’s existing, home-based, case management staff will deliver these food bags safely to our patients, while still minimizing direct contact. Our outpatient clinic will remain open throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and will distribute emergency bags to our homeless patients safely.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : At least 55 of the most high-risk patients served by St. Mary Medical Center’s Comprehensive AIDS Resource Education (CARE) Center will receive nutritional food to help sustain their health and strength. Some of these clients are homeless and don’t have access to some of the support services they received prior to COVID-19, due to agency closures and an overall scarcity of resources. Others of these clients are elderly and/or homebound with severely compromised immune systems. Exposure to someone carrying the COVID-19 virus would be a certain death sentence for these clients, so our CARE case management staff will deliver these emergency food bags to decrease the exposure these individuals would have if they had to venture out to obtain food on their own.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: To date, neither the CARE Food Pantry nor St. Mary Medical Center has received any disaster recovery funds. The medical center has received supplies from the LA County Emergency Medical Service Inventory, which are now running low. St. Mary Medical Center Foundation has screened calls from individuals, businesses and companies that would like to help during this time. Several of these businesses are restaurants with a desire to feed hospital personnel caring directly for those infected with COVID-19, and some of the companies have offered things like reusable masks. However, strict regulatory policies designed to keep our staff, patients and community safe does not allow the hospital to accept all of these generous, well-intentioned offers.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: St. Mary Medical Center has not applied for any disaster recovery funds as of yet, but plans to apply for FEMA funding in the near future. The CARE Food Pantry has not applied for other disaster recovery funds at this time.