As the Covid-19 pandemic surges, grocery chains continue to support hospitals. Also, the Food Industry Alliance of New York is urging government leaders to stress the importance of social distancing. These are among the latest developments.
The Giant Co. donates $250K to support Covid-19 mitigation at hospitals
The Giant Co., headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has donated $250,000 to support COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn State Children’s Hospital, The Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger, Children’s National Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center will each receive $50,000.
“On behalf of the children and families we serve, we are grateful to receive this generous support from Giant,” said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Giant’s commitment to the well-being of its communities has never been more needed—or more appreciated.”
Said DeAnn Marshall, president, Children’s National Hospital Foundation, “Our team is in full force preparing and responding to this crisis. There is so much we will need to tackle in the days, weeks and months ahead – for our patients and their families, our community and our care providers and staff who are working tirelessly to stem the tide. We are grateful for the support of The Giant Company. Together, we can ensure that Children’s National has the resources necessary to care for those in our community who depend on us now and in the future.”
Said Steve Massini, CEO, Penn State Health, “In light of Covid-19, there are many unknowns from day to day, hour to hour. What we do know is that partners like The Giant Company continue to stand by our side. This generous gift will boost our medical resources and support our tactical efforts to protect our health system’s patients from the evolving threat of the coronavirus. Thank you, Giant, for your commitment to providing our community with the best care possible,”
Each hospital has mobilized their teams to combat Covid-19 in their respective communities. In the case of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Children’s National Hospital, they have established drive-thru Covid-19 testing centers for children who are most-at-risk. In addition, the hospitals are working to ramp up their telemedicine programs to make care as accessible as possible during this time, providing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and resources to support the well-being of their medical staffs and helping to accelerate research efforts to improve treatments.
“While there has been a great focus on the effects Covid-19 has on our older population, children fighting cancer or other serious medical conditions with weakened immune systems may need further specialty care,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, The Giant Co. “The Giant Co. has long supported our local children’s hospitals, and we are proud to continue doing what we can to assist in providing quality care to those children and support for the dedicated medical staff on the front lines of this pandemic.”
FIA of New York: social distancing is an important obligation in stores
Mike Durant, president and CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York, issued the following plea to the New York’s government leaders on the importance of social distancing in stores:
“The coronavirus has upended the lives of millions of state residents, and every food retailer in New York is taking the necessary precautions to keep its associates and customers safe in the wake of unprecedented social upheaval. At the same time, we are balancing an unimagined demand for food supplies driven by public fear, media coverage, and the closure of the entire food service sector.
“As an industry, food retailers have been adjusting quickly to the new normal of intermittent out-of-stocks and sporadic customer surges. Despite enormous logistical challenges, our state’s grocery community has worked around the clock to supply food to New York families while at the same time implementing new policies of social distancing and limiting customer density in stores.
“We are taking essential steps in working to flatten the Covid-19 curve in each of the communities we serve. These steps start at our front doors and end as our customers are checking out. We have designed new ways to practice social distancing while still providing a safe, sanitary place to shop.
“We are respectfully calling on lawmakers and the tremendous power of the media covering this unprecedented public health crisis to help share the need for shared responsibility to best protect costumers and our employees.”