URAC, the nation’s leading independent health care accreditation organization, has donated $5,000 to the Washington, DC-based Capital Area Food Bank to help the well-respected charitable organization battle hunger and other challenges facing residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We want to be a good neighbor and contribute to the important work of the Capital Area Food Bank,” said Shawn Griffin, president and CEO at URAC. “As an organization, we’re fortunate in that we are in a solid financial situation despite the downturn that has affected so many other industries, such as restaurants, travel, and the performing arts. We are able to give back, and now is a perfect time.”
The pandemic has inflicted sudden and almost unprecedented economic hardship on wide swaths of the population in the past several months. As of early May, the District of Columbia and Maryland, in particular, were relative “hot spots” with spikes in reported COVID-19 cases.
“We’ve also encouraged our URAC team members to donate separately if they are able. In fact my family and I made a donation last week,” Griffin said. “As a mission-driven non-profit organization, we applaud the Capital Area Food Bank for its good and effective work,” he added.
The Capital Area Food Bank provides 30 million meals to almost half a million DC-area residents, every year. In addition to food distribution, the organization also addresses the root causes of hunger through multiple education programs and innovative service delivery partnerships across the community.