Lutheran Health Network Helps Feed Thousands through Community Harvest Food Bank
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (October 22, 2008) — In lieu of holiday gifts for physicians, administrators and executive staff, Lutheran Health Network officials unanimously agreed to support the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. In mid October, Mike Schatzlein, MD, CEO, Dupont Hospital and Lutheran Health Network; Patti Hayes, COO, outpatient services, Lutheran Hospital; Kirk Ray, CEO, St. Joseph Hospital, presented Jane Avery, executive director, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, with a $20,000 oversized check at the food bank, located in Fort Wayne, Ind. After seeing the bare shelves in the food bank, Dr. Schatzlein surprised Avery when he increased the donation from $15,000 to $20,000 at the time of the check presentation.
"Food is the most essential medical need," said Dr. Schatzlein. "Lutheran Health Network cares about our community, and we want to directly help our neighbors maintain their health."
The donation is in response to the community's outcry for basic-needs assistance, due to the stressed economy. The CHFB estimates the donation will provide more than 120,000 meals.