Cleveland, OH,
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MetroHealth Partners with Cleveland Food Bank to Distribute Turkeys, Food to Those in Need

Statement from Dr. Akram Boutros from MetroHealth on Vimeo.

Cleveland - The MetroHealth System partnered with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to distribute more than 3,000 turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving.

MetroHealth volunteers on Thursday distributed 1,500 frozen turkeys at the Buckeye Health Center and the Family Ministry Center, near MetroHealth’s Main Campus, as well as bags of food provided by the Food Bank.

MetroHealth made a monetary donation to the Food Bank for another 1,600 turkeys, which were given away as part of the Food Bank’s weekly food distribution at the Cleveland Municipal Parking Lot.

“Even in a challenging year, MetroHealth has much to be thankful for, including amazing employees who work every day to help our community,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We know that stress and not having enough healthy food are among the factors that make people sick. We are proud to partner with the Food Bank to help make Thanksgiving a little easier for thousands of families.”

“In this critical time of need for so many hungry families, it is encouraging to see an organization like MetroHealth step up to serve thousands of hungry people in our community,” said Kristin Warzocha, president and CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “We are proud to partner with MetroHealth to ensure everyone in our community has the nutritious food they need to thrive.”

The public is reminded that they should reconsider and scale back their Thanksgiving plans this year, including limiting their dinners to people in their immediate bubble.

MetroHealth has partnered with the Food Bank to distribute Turkeys around Thanksgiving since 2018.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Click here to download Dr. Boutros' statement.

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