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    CPMC Donates Meals to Next Door Shelter to Feed Homeless in Tenderloin Neighborhood


    Contact: California Pacific Medical Center
    Dean Fryer 415.600.7484

    Contact: Episcopal Community Services
    Lana Dalberg 415.487.3300 ext. 1242

    San Francisco, CA - Feb 7, 2014 - The California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) today donated 9,500 pre-packaged meals to the Next Door Shelter in the Tenderloin neighborhood. CPMC also provided a grant to assist the shelter in purchasing its own emergency food supply, enough to feed 500 people for two days. The Next Door Shelter, which is operated by the Episcopal Community Services (ECS), is an emergency shelter serving 334 homeless adults.

    "Our mission to serve our community has always gone beyond our hospitals and into the city's neighborhoods, such as the Tenderloin where the Next Door Shelter is located," said CPMC CEO Warren Browner, MD, MPH. "Next Door Shelter cares for some of our most vulnerable residents, and CPMC is pleased to be a partner in the Tenderloin neighborhood."

    Ken Reggio, Executive Director of Episcopal Community Services, adds, "ECS feeds over 5,000 homeless people annually in our shelters and adult education and senior centers. CPMC's grant will enable us to continue to serve meals at our shelters and other sites in the wake of a major disaster."

    The 9,500 meals donated to Next Door Shelter are from the Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) emergency preparedness supply that is in the process of being replenished at the four CPMC campuses. The meals are nutritious and are in a self-heating package, making them easy to serve at the shelter or to distribute to members of our homeless community who are outside the shelters.

    "Next Door Shelter continues to be an integral part of our Tenderloin community and with California Pacific Medical Center's help, we can build on their health and service mission," said Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes five out of six of the City's homeless shelters. "Hopefully this is the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial partnership between our new medical center and Episcopal Community Services."

    "Whether you're just starting out or a preparedness pro, gathering your emergency supplies is easy," said Lisa Hoffman, Deputy Director, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. "A good rule of thumb is to have supplies for about three days, or 72 hours. You’ll be surprised at how much you already have."

    People can visit San Francisco's hub for emergency preparedness at www.sf72.orgOpens new window to get a list of supplies or make an emergency plan. For more information about the services offered by the Episcopal Community Services, visit www.ecs-sf.orgOpens new window. To learn about medical services and community benefits offered by the California Pacific Medical center, visit

    About California Pacific Medical Center

    At San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California's largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver high quality expert care with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. We also provide disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. Throughout the entire organization, every member of the CPMC team is committed to giving our patients the individual, hands-on attention they deserve. Like us on, FacebookOpens new window, watch us on YouTubeOpens new window and follow us on TwitterOpens new window.

    About Episcopal Community Services

    With 30 years of celebrated experience, ECS is San Francisco's largest homeless services provider. Our mission is helping homeless and very low-income people to obtain the housing, shelter, jobs, and essential services needed to prevent and end homelessness. We served 14,000 people last year, providing supportive housing in 9 sites, as well as emergency shelter and meals, behavioral health services, showers and laundry facilities, support groups, gardening and other shelter activities. Our award-winning Educational and Employment Services supply basic adult education, GED classes, meals, job counseling, and culinary training to homeless or low-income people, and our Senior Services offers meals and vital services to aging and disabled adults. Our programs have received national recognition.