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Johns Hopkins distributes COVID-19 test kits and food to Baltimore community

The effort was spearheaded by the university's offices of Government and Community Affairs and Economic Development

Johns Hopkins University provided 3,300 COVID-19 test kits, toiletries, personal items, and food to Baltimore community organizations this month in an effort to support city residents as during the persistent coronavirus pandemic.

The test kits, each of which contained two tests, and other supplies such as N95 masks and hand sanitizer were provided by the university's offices of Government and Community Affairs and Economic Development.

"In addition to getting vaccinated and boosted, testing is the next best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19," said Michael Preston, director of Community Affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. "‚ÄčSo getting these COVID-19 home test kits into to the hands of vulnerable individuals will help families and communities to stay safe and healthy."

Leveraging the networks established in the early days of the pandemic by the East Baltimore Food Access Initiative, Johns Hopkins and its partners distributed supplies to community organizations including The Mix Church, The Door Church, BUILD and Turnaround Tuesday, Centro Sol, and the Day at the Market Program, as well as at Johns Hopkins mobile vaccination clinics.