Purple Passion In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Priority Partners—the Hopkins-owned managed care organization—has made a commitment to help feed Maryland's hungry, one purple bag at a time. In early October, all 500 Johns Hopkins HealthCare employees were given empty purple bags and asked to fill them with food to help stock the Maryland Food Bank's pantries statewide. Two weeks later, Maryland Food Bank's truck arrived and collected 3,300 pounds of food.
Phase two of JH HealthCare's commitment to the nonprofit is now in progress: Employees volunteer one day each quarter at the Food Bank's warehouse. And, come January, Priority Partners and the Maryland Food Bank will launch a mobile food pantry. The food-laden truck will visit areas of the state not currently served by local food pantries and soup kitchens, delivering 36,000 pounds of food each month directly to clients in need. "We know that many of our members struggle to provide their families with healthy meals," says Priority Partners' CEO Robert Neall. "Partnering with the Maryland Food Bank just makes sense to provide the resources for those families in need."