Sentara Health and Optima Health partnered with Hebron VA, Inc. and the Justin J. Heart Foundation to address food insecurity and inadequate access to fresh food. Together, the organizations were able to deliver 80 bags full of fresh and nutritious food to families at Lakemont Elementary School in Petersburg, Va.
The collaboration between the organizations showcases the power of collective action and shared vision in addressing critical community challenges.
The packed food bags were handed out at the Feed Petersburg’s City Youth Summer Camp. The food delivery will help the children in the community start the new school year healthy and ready to learn.
“Optima Health and Sentara are proud to partner with local leaders to make sure the most vulnerable members of our community are cared for,” said Optima Health Director of Government Programs and Operations, Traci Massie.
This initiative further highlights Sentara and Optima Health’s commitment to improving health outcomes and the overall quality of life for the residents in Petersburg. Earlier this year, Sentara and Optima Health launched the Sentara Mobile Care vehicle, a pioneering initiative delivering direct primary care, behavioral health, and crucial social support services directly to the Petersburg community. This innovative approach allows for more flexible and convenient healthcare access, meeting the diverse needs of the community.