The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation will donate $300,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help communities impacted by COVID-19 as some businesses scale back or shut down due to the spread of COVID-19. This support will enable the Food Bank to provide enough food for an additional 1.2 million meals.
“We are now providing food to 900,000 people each month in our community and we can only do it through the generous support of companies like Delta Dental,” said Michael Flood, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
“The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation stepped up early in the pandemic to provide funding for our hunger relief efforts, and now with cases rising, they have committed more support during the holiday season as we are anticipating the need for food assistance to increase,” said Flood.
“As a result of the pandemic, food insecurity rates and reliance on food banks are skyrocketing like never before,” said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president for foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental of California and its affiliates.
“Fighting food insecurity is not only the right thing to do for our communities during these trying times, but it also aligns with our mission to promote oral health,” said Ferguson.
Dental caries has been linked to food insecurity, a disruption in food intake or eating patterns due to a lack of resources, in numerous studies, Delta Dental said.
Through the Foundation, Delta Dental of California and its affiliates have strengthened food banks across its enterprise states for years, the company said. As the economic crisis caused by the pandemic continues, the company said it decided to increase that support exponentially.
Los Angeles County faces food insecurity more than any other county in the nation, Delta Dental said. With donors like Delta Dental, the Food Bank said, it can provide undisturbed distribution of healthy food to more than 900,000 people monthly during the pandemic.