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Community Medical Center’s 10th Annual Food Drive has Donated 154,573 Pounds of Food to Those in Need since 2007

06/27/2016

Community Medical Center’s 10th Annual Food Drive has Donated

154,573 Pounds of Food to Those in Need since 2007

Over 16,965Pounds of Food Donated this Year Alone

Toms River, June 27, 2016 - For the past ten years, Community Medical Center employees and members of the Medical Staff have collected and donated to local organizations through Health Care Harvest, the hospital’s annual summer food drive.

Over 16,965 pounds of food was donated this year including a generous $5,000 donation from the Community Medical Center Medical Staff. Cumulatively, over the past ten years 154,573 pounds of food has been donated to Ocean County Hunger Relief, The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and Ocean Mental Health Services.

To put it in perspective, 150,000 pounds of food is approximately the weight of the Space Shuttle or the weight of 75 Liberty Bells. It is equivalent to 75 tons of food shared with residents in need in Ocean County.

The food drive is founded and run by Thomas Yanisko, Administrative Director, Hospitality Services at Community Medical Center. “The food drive coincides with the end of the school year since free breakfast and lunch programs are no longer available. We don’t want any child to go hungry,” said Yanisko. “Making healthy food available is important to establishing healthy eating habits for children.”

Departments within the hospital compete amongst themselves to collect the most food. This year the Emergency Department staff won for the most overall food donated with 2,655 pounds collected. Financial Services donated the most food per person with 139 pounds of food donated by five staff members.

Health Care Harvest is one of many programs Community Medical Center employees and physicians take part in as a way to give back to the community they serve. “Our staff’s commitment to keeping Ocean County residents healthy extends beyond our four walls, and participating in the food drive is just another way to accomplish that,” said Michael Mimoso, MHSA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center. “This year we reached a milestone, donating nearly 155,000 pounds of food since the food drive began. Our employees and medical staff are incredibly generous. I am extremely proud of everything they do for our patients and for their support of the numerous community outreach programs we offer,” he added.

Other ‘give back’ programs the hospital staff have participated in include the clean up at Jakes Branch Park in Beachwood to prepare the park for a new Play Trail, a Tools for School backpack and schools supplies drive, a Holiday Toy Drive, partnering with the American Littoral Society to create a cleaner Barnegat Bay and numerous health education programs.

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Caption: Thomas Yanisko, Administrative Director, Hospitality Services, Community Medical Center, weighs-in over 320 pound of food donated by the Security Department during the 10th Annual Health Care Harvest Food Drive held in June. This year’s food drive collected 16,965 pounds of food for a cumulative total of 154,573 pounds of food since the drive began.

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