Funds will help provide oral healthcare to children

Medical Teams International and McDonald’s restaurants aren’t too organizations you’re likely to read about in the same sentence, but the Christian charity will be providing more than 1,000 children with free healthcare after a grant from the restaurant chain’s charitable arm.

Ronald McDonald House Charities has given a $46,850 grant to Medical Teams in order to provide oral healthcare to children in low-income families across the region.

Medical Teams has provided dental care for low-income families in Oregon and Southwest Washington since 1989.

Last year, the program’s volunteer dentists, assistants and hygienists in the organization’s 11 mobile vans served more than 18,500 patients and provided services valued at more than $8 million.

The grant will provide funding for five mobile dental vans, which offer free or low-cost dental care to more than 1,600 additional children and adults who don’t have access to the care on their own.

“We’re grateful for the continued partnership and support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Jeff Pinneo, president and CEO of Medical Teams International. “They share our commitment to caring for the most vulnerable, and their consistent support of our dental program over the years has allowed us to provide urgently needed restorative dental care to more than 12,000 children in the Pacific Northwest.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities partners with nonprofit groups across to country to deliver dental healthcare to at-risk children.

The grants are made possible through donations made at McDonald’s restaurants in Oregon and matching funds from the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ global organization.

"Pediatric oral healthcare is one of the region's most critical medical needs and challenges," said Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Executive Director Tom Soma. "It's also a preventative complement to the hospitality we offer seriously ill children and their families at our two Ronald McDonald Houses. If, through this program, we can prevent even one child from being hospitalized in the future, we will have more than returned our investment."

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