Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation have teamed up to donate 10,000 3-ply Level 2 medical face masks to the following non-profit organizations: MedStar Health, DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) and Martha’s Table in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MedStar Health received 6,000 masks, while both Washington, D.C., based food assistance organizations received 2,000 masks.
MedStar Health will distribute the masks to their healthcare heroes on the front lines across their health system. DCCK will distribute the masks to community members receiving the organization’s grocery bags at their nearly 80 food and bag distribution sites. Martha’s Table will provide the masks to their volunteers, who enable the organization to distribute more than 8,000 bags of nutritious groceries equating approximately 50 tons of food weekly.
“I am incredibly thankful for everyone assisting the D.C. area in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dillon. “Whether its serving patients in our hospitals or fighting hunger by providing groceries, each organization is making a huge difference. Masks are so important for them to safely make that difference, and I am happy to support their efforts through this donation.”
MedStar Health’s team uses the best of their minds and the best of their hearts to serve patients, those who care for them, and our communities. As a local nonprofit, their 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through the organization’s core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person, and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From their telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, MedStar Health is committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for patients. Learn more at MedStarHealth.org.
DCCK is an iconic nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. The organization provides hands-on culinary job training for individuals facing high barriers to employment while creating living wage jobs and bringing nutritious, dignified food where it is most needed. DCCK’s social ventures include serving scratch-cooked farm-to-school meals in DC schools, delivering fresh, affordable produce to corner stores in neighborhoods without supermarkets, and operating a fast-casual cafe. To learn more, visit www.dccentralkitchen.org
Martha’s Table believes every child, regardless of zip code, should have the opportunity to thrive and realize their greatest success in life. For the past 40 years in the District of Columbia, Martha’s Table has supported strong children, strong families and strong communities by increasing access to high-quality education, nutritious food and family supports. Through their Joyful Food Markets, Martha’s Table brings the joy of healthy eating to more than 50 elementary schools in D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8 every month. Martha’s Table has long relied on the generosity and passion of volunteers—and they have more than 18,000 volunteer opportunities to fill each year. Now, during this difficult time, Martha’s Table is doubling down on its mission and continues to stand alongside DC residents with an unprecedented level of support, including increased access to meal sites and grocery distribution. For more information on their response efforts and program updates, visit: https://marthastable.org/covid19/.
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