SAVANNAH, Ga.—As the ongoing pandemic touches and affects millions across the country, Rutter’s and Parker’s have stepped up to provide food and medical supplies to those in need within their communities.
Parker’s recently donated more than 7,000 KN95 masks to frontline health-care providers at hospitals and health-care facilities throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re deeply grateful to all the doctors, nurses, clinicians and staff who are providing exceptional health care to area residents throughout the coronavirus pandemic,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker, in a press release. “We know there have been mask shortages throughout the region and want to make sure area health-care workers have the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe while caring for patients.”
The masks went to Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, S.C.; Pruitt Health in Moncks Corner, S.C.; Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.; St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, Ga.; Liberty Regional Hospital in Hinesville, Ga; East Georgia Regional Hospital in Statesboro, Ga.; Effingham Hospital in Springfield, Ga; Candler County Hospital in Metter, Ga.; Allcare Healthcare in Lyons, Ga; and Savannah OBGYN in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s also plans to donate masks to Hospice Savannah and Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C.
Since the beginning of March, Rutter’s has donated more than $50,000 worth of food and beverages to the Central Penn Food Bank to help support local communities. With the donation from Rutter’s, the Central Penn Food Bank is able to provide nourishment for families in need. The items donated by Rutter’s are packaged as meals to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for families in the Central Penn Food Bank’s program.
“Our company was founded in the food industry, so we understand the importance of providing our communities with access to nutritious meals,” said Scott Hartman, Rutter’s president and CEO, in a press release. “We hope our continued donations are able to provide peace of mind for local families during these trying times.”
Last year, Rutter’s gave more than $400,000 in food and drinks to the Food Bank and plans to continue their long-term support of the organization. “Rutter’s has been a longtime partner of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and we are grateful for their donations of food from their retail locations,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
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