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Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Awards $117,122 in Grants to Two Local Nonprofits


Grants focus on programs addressing food security and nutrition issues in San Francisco’s Tenderloin

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 25, 2019) – Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has awarded $117,122 in grants to two local nonprofit organizations through its annual community grants program. Both nonprofits were recognized for their commitment to improving health outcomes and quality of life for San Franciscans most in need.

“Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and Saint Francis Foundation continue to focus on improving the health outcomes of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents through our Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (TLHIP),” said Saint Francis Memorial Hospital President David Klein, MD, MBA. “These community partnerships enable us to dig deep in addressing food security and nutrition issues so closely connected with vibrant quality of life and overall health.”

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Tenderloin Health Services: $34,775 for the Tenderloin Health Services Green Mobile Test Kitchen, using safe induction stove-top and energy-efficient technology at the medical clinic. Tenderloin Health Services will also partner with the Food Bank of San Francisco/Marin to acquire weekly fresh produce for hands-on cooking demonstrations on healthy, sustainable and safe cooking among homeless or transitional-housed clinic populations. 

La Cocina: $82,347 for the La Cocina Municipal Marketplace to foster entrepreneurial opportunities for immigrants and women of color, provide affordable food options for Tenderloin residents, and transform the 101 Hyde Street vacant space into an active community asset. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and St. Anthony’s Client Safety Services, La Cocina Marketplace will provide business expansion opportunities for women, immigrant and minority-owned businesses and create 30 new full-time positions for low-income individuals. It will also provide access to affordable foods reflecting the Tenderloin neighborhood’s diversity.
 
The community grants were awarded in January. Saint Francis has awarded yearly community grants since the early 1990s to promote health and wellness in San Francisco.

About Saint Francis Memorial Hospital 
Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been providing exceptional health care in San Francisco for more than 100 years. Located atop Nob Hill, near downtown San Francisco, Saint Francis is home to the Bothin Burn Center, the largest in Northern California, and the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute. With its close proximity to downtown San Francisco, Saint Francis also specializes in Occupational Health and Emergency Medicine. Saint Francis has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine and Hip/Knee Replacement Surgery and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. For more information, call 415.353.6000 or visit DignityHealth.org/SaintFrancis

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