The Wright Center to Host Pop-Up Food Pantry for Community Members Members News January 29, 2024 The American College of Physicians’ Pennsylvania (PA-ACP) Eastern Chapter will conduct a volunteer-driven “Leap into a Day of Giving” in partnership with The Wright Centers for Graduate Medical Education, Community Health, and Patient & Community Engagement to address food insecurity in Northeast Pennsylvania. PA-ACP Eastern Chapter members and inclusive community partners are supporting and staffing the pop-up food pantry for members of the community at Weston Field, 982 Providence Rd., Scranton, on Thursday, Feb. 29 from noon-3 p.m. Free prepackaged bags of nonperishable food items will be provided to those in need. Food resources include shelf-stable pantry items such as dry cereal, breakfast bars, pasta, soups, cans of vegetables, tuna, and chicken, and more. Bags will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis due to a limited supply. The Wright Center is also accepting donations of food items from the public. Donations are being accepted at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Clarks Summit, Mid Valley, and Scranton practices. Volunteers representing the PA-ACP Eastern Chapter and The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Internal Medicine Residency Program will pack and distribute the bags of food. The nation’s largest medical specialty organization, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has about 159,000 members who are internal medicine physicians and medical students. The Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACP consists of three regions: Eastern, Western, and Southeastern. Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, also serves as governor of the PA-ACP Eastern Chapter. The food pantry is another example of The Wright Center living its mission is to improve the health and welfare of communities through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired and competent workforce that is privileged to serve. “The health and welfare of our communities depend on equitable access to high-quality, affordable primary and preventive care and nutritious foods,” said Dr. Thomas-Hemak. “I am honored to be organizing this initiative and calling forth all my PA-ACP Eastern Chapter member colleagues to engage. Days of Giving offer us all opportunities to come beyond our usual daily responsibilities to answer what Martin Luther King, Jr. identified as life’s most persistent and urgent question: “What are you doing for others?” For more information about the pop-up food pantry or to donate to it, please contact Gerri McAndrew, co-director, The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement, at mcandrewg@TheWrightCenter.org.