Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Truckloads of love: Summer Food Drive benefiting C4K a big success
By Doug Janz
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Summer Food Drive was a huge success at Mountain States, collecting more than five SUV truckloads of food for the local Coalition 4 Kids to distribute to hungry children during the gap in their food coverage between summer C4K programs and the start of school.
Here’s a message to team members from Rachel Hurley, Senior Director for Human Resources in Washington County, Tenn.:
“WOW!! Our team members are truly INCREDIBLE!
“Not only do you give loving care to our patients and their families, but you all come together to support our community! We collected more than five SUV truckloads of food. We also collected more than $1,300 to make more food purchases to continue to stock their pantry for the school year. The Coalition 4 Kids people were overwhelmed with emotion from your astonishing donations.
“A big THANK YOU to all who donated to this cause!”
During the school year, public schools provide breakfast and lunch to millions of students in the United States, but when summer arrives, some parents struggle just to feed their children.
More than 21 million children nationwide receive free or reduced-price lunches at school. During the summer months, the number of kids participating in food programs drops to fewer than 3 million, despite efforts to raise awareness and increase community support, per the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Coalition 4 Kids agreed to be the distribution point for the food collected during this drive, which included collection points at JCMC, Woodridge Hospital, Quillen Rehab Hospital, MSHA Corporate and CBO offices, Franklin Woods and The Wellness Center.
Team members were asked on their next trip to the grocery store to pick up a couple of items to donate. Suggested items included peanut butter, crackers, jelly, canned soups, canned spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, cereal, juice boxes, snack packs of chips and/or cookies, juice boxes and other non-perishable items.
And pick it up they did! It's a great example of one way to bring loving care to those who need it.