CMH distributes 900 meals to families in need this holiday season

Megan Hutchinson

Megan Hutchinson, organizer of the Christmas Basket program for CMH, checks the expiration date on donated food for the baskets.

2020 marks CMH’s third year spearheading the Community Christmas Food Basket program


CMH is incredibly proud to be able to provide a holiday meal for more than 900 people and 220 families this holiday season. In conjunction with the Astoria Fire Department and the community, we collected 5,000 pounds of food. CMH caregivers collected an astounding 10,000 items to add to these critical Christmas Baskets. 

This tradition has become a highlight for the caregivers at CMH, along with community partners. More than 100 people volunteer time to sort, fill and distribute these baskets that will go out on Saturday, December 18.

“We are exceptionally proud to organize and sponsor the Christmas Basket program for our community, especially in a time of such great uncertainty,” said Nicole Williams, CMH COO. “A special thank you is due to Kristen Moss and Megan Hutchinson, who have spearheaded this project as part of our Patient Experience Department.”

Caring for our community takes on many meanings at CMH. In 2020, it has been of utmost importance that the hospital is at the forefront of that care. If you are interested in being a volunteer next year or would like to donate in 2021, please reach out to Kristen Moss at

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