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Sharp Health News

Giving from one kitchen to another

Dec. 15, 2016

Mesa Vista food donation

The nutrition and food services department at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital donates hot lunches weekly to the San Diego Rescue Mission.

’Tis the season for giving to those who are less fortunate. To help those in need, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital reached out to the San Diego Rescue Mission to offer food donations on a weekly basis.

Three times a week, the hospital donates hot meals and canned food to the nonprofit organization, which shelters and supports approximately 400 men, women and children living without a home.

“We feel very good about being able to provide nutritious meals at the Mission,” says Manisha Desai, former general manager of nutrition and food services at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital (She now holds the same role at Sharp Coronado Hospital). “Providing nutritious meals at the Mission is one way we like to align with Sharp’s mission of giving back to the community.

On average, 450 pounds of food are picked up weekly by the Mission’s staff and taken back to their six-story building in downtown San Diego.

“The San Diego Rescue Mission makes it a very easy process for us,” says Desai. “They come to us with clean food containers and pack up all the food.”

The impact of the donations from the hospital is widely felt.

According to Howard Calbeck, food service manager at the San Diego Rescue Mission, the food donated from Sharp Mesa Vista is served to the residents of the women and children unit, which houses around 65 people. Additionally, the recuperative care unit, which houses 25 people who are in need of medical support, also receives the hot meals for lunch.

“We are so grateful to be able to give people quality food,” says Calbeck. “It makes the people staying in our units feel good.”

While receiving contributions during the holiday season is greatly appreciated, Calbeck says it is important for them all year-round.

“We serve 1,200 to 1,500 meals a day,” says Calbeck, “so everything really helps.”

In the month of November, the San Diego Rescue Mission served more than 33,000 meals, many of them on Thanksgiving.

With that many mouths to feed, Manisha Desai urges organizations to help join in on the effort to contribute what they can.

Currently, Sharp Memorial and Sharp Grossmont hospitals also participate in donating food to the San Diego Rescue Mission.

For the news media: To talk with someone at Sharp Mesa Vista about their donations to the San Diego Rescue Mission for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at

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