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DENTON, TEXAS, November 18, 2014 – This Thanksgiving season, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and Our Daily Bread, a community soup kitchen, are joining forces to ensure the community has a lot to be thankful for — good food and good health.  On Nov. 21, Our Daily Bread will be providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need, and Texas Health Denton will be offering free flu shots to the community.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of six months receive the influenza vaccine yearly. Each year, the flu affects up to 20 percent of the U.S. population, and accounts for more than 200,000 hospitalizations. Vaccines will be available to those 18 years or older on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 940-898-7357.

Date:               Friday, Nov. 21

Time:               10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location:        Our Daily Bread, affiliated with St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

                       300 W. Oak Street, Suite #100

                       Denton, TX 76201

Laurie Long, Ph.D., community health program manager at Texas Health Denton said, “Getting your flu shot is a simple way to be proactive and prevent illness due to the flu. Having a free clinic like this one is a wonderful opportunity for our residents, and it’s just one way that Texas Health Denton is committed to the health and well-being of our community.”

“We have over 1,500 hungry guests registered for this event,” said Millie Bell, executive director of Our Daily Bread, which usually serves about 200 meals per day to the community. “With half of them homeless, they come to enjoy a hot, nutritious meal and other services we provide. We are so appreciative of the giving spirit of Texas Health Denton for providing one more way to help us care for the less fortunate in our community and keep them healthy.”

For more information about Our Daily Bread or to volunteer at the event, please call 940-765-7607.

For more information about Texas Health Denton, please visit www.TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a community soup kitchen that serves a free, nutritious lunch meal Monday through Friday to the hungry and homeless in Denton County and surrounding areas.  Our Daily Bread operates out of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, the host church, with the support of 24 other churches within the community, from all denominations.  Year to date, Our Daily bread serves on average 204 meals per day.  Since it opened in June 2000 as an ecumenical mission of 16 churches, Our Daily Bread has served over 573,948 meals to the hungry, according to the August 2014 Executive Director Report.  In addition to lunch meals, Our Daily Bread provides a continental breakfast when the doors open at 10:00 AM.   When the emergency shelter is open at night, the doors open at 8:00 AM to accommodate the closure of the shelter during the daytime and breakfast is provided earlier.  Since 1/01/2011, Our Daily Bread has enrolled 1,535 clients.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; a pediatric unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 45 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.

 

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