Press launch from Bank of America:
Sept. 18, 2020
Bank of America has been working with native companions in cities throughout the nation to supply sources to susceptible and underserved communities hardest hit by the coronavirus. Whereas the variety of new coronavirus instances is reducing in Houston, Bank of America has partnered with the Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Well being Fairness Response (H.E.R.) Activity Pressure and Houston Meals Bank to supply 600,000 face masks to Houstonians residing within the neighborhoods most at-risk and susceptible to COVID-19 neighborhood unfold.
“Weak populations are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and we should work collectively to guard the well being and security of households in our neighborhood,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stated. “On account of Bank of America’s assist, the Metropolis of Houston will distribute masks in our Full Communities and different areas the place there’s a want to handle disparities through the pandemic.”
“Neighborhood companions like Bank of America are so necessary to Houston Meals Bank at any time, however most particularly now as we proceed to face one of the essential instances of want ever encountered,” says Brian Greene, president/CEO of Houston Meals Bank. “As we work to assist these in want of help, having the assist of wonderful companions makes the duty extra manageable. Having the ability to present masks and PPE alongside meals to these in want in addition to folks aiding in meals distributions is offering extra complete help and care.”
This donation is a part of a nationwide effort by Bank of America and is linked to its $1 billion, four-year dedication of extra assist to assist native communities handle financial and racial inequality accelerated by a worldwide pandemic. That is along with the four million face masks donated earlier this 12 months in cities throughout the nation.
“The well being and security of our workers, shoppers and our neighborhood stay our prime priorities throughout this well being and humanitarian disaster,” stated Hong Ogle, Bank of America market president, Houston. “One demonstration of this dedication is our collaboration with native companions to determine and distribute face masks to areas which can be at larger danger from the virus, equivalent to to neighborhoods with poor air high quality, low-to-moderate earnings households unable to accumulate correct masks, and communities of colour, along with frontline employees, faculties and well being facilities serving these populations.”
Under is extra details about how the 600,000 face masks shall be distributed in Houston.
- 300,000 face masks together with meals and faculty provides shall be distributed to elementary college students who qualify without cost lunch from 17 higher Houston-area impartial college districts.
- 200,000 face masks shall be distributed to the H.E.R. Activity Pressure 27 precedence neighborhoods, which embrace town’s 10 Full Communities. Decided by CDC Social Vulnerability knowledge and well being and accessibility knowledge, these space neighborhoods have the best vulnerability to the unfold of COVID-19 and the best share of inhabitants in danger to severe-to-fatal outcomes after contracting the illness. Precedence neighborhoods embrace Acres House, Larger Third Ward, Gulfton, Kashmere Gardens and Sunnyside.
- 100,000 face masks for the Houston Meals Bank, which shall be distributed with meals supply to underserved and underemployed households and volunteers by means of accomplice pantries, cellular distributions, and Neighborhood Tremendous Websites.
For extra data on how the bank is supporting workers, shoppers and communities throughout this time, see newest updates right here.
This press launch was produced by Bank of America. The views expressed listed below are the writer’s personal.