2022 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Evelyn Figueroa, M.D. & Alex Wu, M.D. – Chicago Impact Heroes

Evelyn Figueroa, M.D. and Alex Wu, M.D. of Chicago are the Community Impact Heroes.

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Dr. Figueroa and Dr. Wu are a husband-and-wife team of family physicians with a passion for reaching patients where they are. In 2018, they founded Pilsen Food Pantry next to a health clinic to destigmatize food insecurity and distribute healthy, high-quality and culturally appropriate foods. It is their mission to provide critical social services to address food insecurity, homelessness and poverty while serving patients.

Pilsen Food Pantry served 6,000 visitors in its first year and now services more than 22,000 clients and provides two million pounds of food annually. Dr. Figueroa and Dr. Wu saw a need beyond food and are expanding their vision into the Pilsen Health Initiative. Their organization now distributes clothes, medical equipment, hygiene items, books and more to underrepresented individuals and families. Spanish and Cantonese interpreters are available as part of the services provided, and the organization hosts large community events on holidays.

Dr. Figueroa and Dr. Wu have plans to further expand and to include mental health and housing assistance.

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