Partnership with Bebashi offers support for food insecure individuals and families.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has partnered with Bebashi – Transition to Hope, a full-service HIV/AIDS nonprofit organization, to open food pantries at two of its Healthcare Center locations in Philadelphia. The food pantries will serve PCOM patients and their families visiting the Cambria Division Healthcare Center, starting on October 30, 2020, and the Lancaster Avenue Healthcare Center, which is scheduled to be opened within a few months, as well as the surrounding communities.
“As a key social determinant of health, food insecurity continues to be a major issue affecting patient outcomes,” said PCOM President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81. “Our partnership with Bebashi addresses a critical need in Philadelphia, while also supporting the basic healthcare needs of our patients.”
Amanda Finnell, Bebashi’s director of development, commended the partnership stating, “Bebashi’s mission has always been focused on empowering persons to enhance the quality of their health and overall well-being. Partnering with PCOM on this pantry has allowed us to expand the reach of our hunger relief efforts and assist more communities that may be in need.”
The food pantries at each location plan to serve approximately 100 individuals and families per month, with additional resources available if needed. Bebashi currently operates the FoodFirst Emergency Food Pantry, located at their Spring Garden Street office, which provides boxed and canned foods as well as fresh meats, fruits and vegetables.
Individuals and families interested in accessing the food pantry services should visit in person or call Bebashi at (215) 769-3561 for details on hours of operation.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.
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