Caring in our community: Walk for Rice

August 1, 2023 Swedish Communications

The Providence Swedish team raised over $2,000 for the annual Walk for Rice, which supports the Asian Counseling and Referral Service Food Bank. 

Providence Swedish is proud to support the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) in their mission to provide social and mental health services to the Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. For generations, their Walk for Rice event has brought people and communities together to raise funds for the ACRS Food Bank and awareness about food insecurity. The year-long campaign culminates in a multicultural closing celebration and 3-mile walk at Seward Park where walking teams, community members, friends and family gather.

This year, over 700 walkers supported the June 17 event, with Swedish's Soma Subramaniam, M.D., leading a team of our caregivers, friends, and family. The Walk for Rice raised over $281,000 for the food bank, and we're proud to say our Providence Swedish team met its goal of contributing over $2,000.

This walk also celebrates everyone’s support and volunteer service for the community farm and food bank that supplies food items for many seniors and families in the community. The ACRS Food Bank ensures community members experiencing food scarcity have access to culturally familiar foods, such as rice, tofu, dry noodles and fresh produce like bok choi.  Last year, the ACRS Food Bank distributed over a million pounds of food and reached more than 5,700 people, many of them seniors and children.

Read our 2022 Community Benefit Report to learn more about how Providence Swedish is investing in our communities.  

About Providence Swedish

Providence Swedish has served the Puget Sound region since the first Providence hospital opened in Seattle in 1877 and the first Swedish hospital opened in 1910. The two organizations affiliated in 2012 and today comprise the largest health care delivery system in Western Washington, with 22,000 caregivers, eight hospitals and 244 clinics. A not-for-profit family of organizations, Providence Swedish provides more than $406 million in community benefit in the Puget Sound Region each year. The health system offers a comprehensive range of services and specialty and subspecialty care in a number of clinical areas, including cancer care, cardiovascular health, neurosciences, orthopedics, digestive health and women’s and children’s care. 

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