After a tumultuous year, UT Physicians wanted to help patients who are dealing with food insecurity. In collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA), the UT Physicians Multispecialty – International District clinic hosted a food drive on Oct. 27, distributing fresh fruits and vegetables.
Held drive-thru style, participants were able to drive up to the first station to check in and receive disposable masks and vegetable seeds, courtesy of Home Depot. At the second station, AHA loaded their vehicles with a fruit and vegetable box provided by Northern Trust, a partner of their association.
The goal of the food drive was not only to provide to those who are food insecure, but also to aid in their overall health and well-being.
“It’s no secret that a healthier diet is key to good health,” said Veronica Sanchez, director of community impact at AHA. “We’re helping to bridge the divide for people with limited access to healthy food to ensure a heart-healthy and long life.”
The UT Physicians Multispecialty – International District clinic has a long history of community outreach, even before the pandemic.
“Our goal for any event is to make an impact and provide resources that can benefit our patient population,” said Ivy Weng, program coordinator at UT Physicians. “We were honored to have AHA support this food drive.”
In total, 90 boxes of food were distributed to attendees. One of the recipients, Fredrick Assabill, expressed his gratitude by getting out to take a picture with event workers.
“This was a great chance to get some good food, something better than fast food,” said Assabill. “Now I can cook with this and it’ll be healthier and last much longer.”
For additional information on the UT Physicians Multispecialty – International District clinic, visit their webpage. To view additional pictures of the food drive, browse our Flickr album below.