Growing Generations Supports: St. Luke’s Food Bank

Growing Generations has a firm belief in giving back to the communities we call home. Frequently our staff becomes involved in charitable organizations that impact the communities in which they live. More commonly than not, these organizations provide services or care for families and children. One such organization that Growing Generations is proud to support is the St. Luke’s food pantry in Wheeling, West Virginia.

 

Formally adopted by the Ohio Valley office in August of 2015, this church-based program is operated by a couple that lives in the local community. This program has been helping families, many of whom have children, during times of fiscal hardship for more than 30 years.

Their focus is often on individuals and families who fall into the “gray area” of public assistance; those who make too much to qualify for aid, but not enough to keep food on the table. Pantry volunteers have been known to go above and beyond the simple task of providing food, often driving groceries to shut ins or offering rides to those in need.  

Growing Generations chose to get involved with the organization following a news story about the desperate need for food donations following the loss of a major financial donor.

“Packing up all of the donations that were made to St. Luke’s, and seeing how much a small group of people really could provide was truly heartwarming,” said Surrogate Admissions Specialist Danielle Stewart. “It was overwhelming to hear Judy, who operates the pantry, talk about how many meals she provides and how many families are in need. Overall, it reminded me of how important it is to give back to the community and to always have gratitude for what we have in life.”

In addition to future food drives for the Saint Luke’s food bank, the Ohio Valley office also works to collect small personal care items for the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless.

Teo Martinez

Teo Martinez is the CEO of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Educated at both UCLA and Pepperdine University, and with over 15 years of experience working in assisted reproduction, Teo’s background makes him one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field.