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.
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.