Food insecurity is no small problem in Maine. One in five children don’t have enough to eat, and 950 adults in Cumberland and York counties alone need help getting enough meals. This month, Martin’s Point Health Care will donate $22,000 to ease food insecurity among seniors and children in Maine. The gift includes an $11,000 donation in continued support of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, which alleviates hunger and isolation among homebound seniors, and an $11,000 donation to Full Plates Full Potential, a collaborative effort to end child hunger in Maine.
The total amount of the donations has special significance, as Martin’s Point celebrates earning the #22 spot on Fortune magazine’s Great Place to Work® 2019 ranking of U.S. health care organizations. Martin’s Point was the only New England organization to break the top 25, with rankings determined by a survey of almost 730,000 U.S. employees.
“We owe our repeat spot on the Best Workplaces list to our employees’ commitment to sustaining a culture that respects and nurtures all of us, within our organization and in our community at large,” said Dr. David Howes, President and CEO of Martin’s Point. “In that nurturing spirit, our donations to local organizations focused on nourishing the most vulnerable in our community — seniors and kids — seemed like the perfect way to celebrate and thank our employees for their efforts.”
The funds will go a long way to help feed those in need. “This generous donation will allow us to provide 1,375 meals for seniors,” says Renee Longarini, Nutrition Manager at Southern Maine Area of Aging, noting a recent surge in local need. “We have more than 250 clients currently on our waitlist to receive meals.”
“This donation will fund grants to help Maine public schools change their culture around food access and remove barriers, so every child that needs food can grow and learn,” says Justin Alfond, co-founder of Full-Plates Full Potential. “We’re honored to have support from Martin’s Point.”
Community support is an integral part of company culture at Martin’s Point. Many employees are involved in a variety of volunteer efforts, from helping young children learn to read to sharing time with isolated seniors. Martin’s Point backs their generosity with paid time off for employees to volunteer, charitable giving, and strategic partnerships with community partners like University of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association.