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FREE GROCERY GIVEAWAY EVENT HOSTED BY AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION AND GENENTECH
August 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am
The American Diabetes Association, a national nonprofit focusing on preventing diabetes and improving the lives of those living with diabetes, in partnership with Revelation Church Ministries, local community organization, Be the Change, and Genentech, a leading biotechnology company, will host a grocery giveaway event where over 100 grocery care packages will be given away to members of the community, including seniors and families. This giveaway is part of a larger initiative to educate underserved communities about diabetes prevention, management and the risks associated with diabetes like diabetes-related eye disease.
People of color, older adults and low-income individuals living with diabetes face higher rates of diabetes and related complications like vision loss and amputations. Social determinants of health like a lack of access to healthcare or food insecurity are some of the factors contributing to their higher risk for developing life-threatening chronic diseases. To address these issues and promote health equity, the American Diabetes Association with Genentech are partnering with local organizations to host community events for Alabama residents to access healthy food options, diabetes risk assessments, vision screenings and more.
WHAT: Free on-site, drive-through grocery giveaway for community members. Over 100 families, seniors and community members are expected to attend.
WHEN: Saturday, August 26, 9:00AM CT
WHERE: Revelation Church Ministries, 1925 2nd Ave. South, Irondale, AL
WHO: Dr. Michael D. McClure Sr., Pastor, Revelation Church Ministries
Dr. Cynthia Garrett, Founder, Be the Change
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- In Alabama alone, over 568,000 adults are living with diabetes, and 1,316,000 – almost 35% of the population – with prediabetes.
- At the same time, approximately 20% of Americans with diabetes do not have adequate access to healthy foods, a rate twice as high as that of the general population.
- For those living in the Diabetes Belt, which is known for high prevalence of diabetes and includes Alabama, regular eye health exams, access to healthy foods and diabetes risk assessments are a critical component to preventing dire complications and ensuring healthy diabetes management and prevention of complications such as vision loss, amputation and more.
About American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For 82 years, the ADA has driven discovery and research to treat, manage, and prevent diabetes while working relentlessly for a cure. Through advocacy, program development, and education we aim to improve the quality of life for the over 133 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Spanish Facebook (Asociación Americana de la Diabetes), LinkedIn (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn), and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).
About Be the Change:
Be the Change is a nonprofit focused on helping underserved communities access health and wellness screenings, nutritional food options and health resources, specifically for residents in public housing and seniors.
Founded more than 40 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious and life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California. For additional information about the company, please visit http://gene.com