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UH Conneaut and Geneva medical centers donate food and cash to Ashtabula County Food Pantries

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hospital softball game benefit raised nearly $650 and over 240 pounds of food

ASHTABULA COUNTY – In August, University Hospitals (UH) Conneaut and Geneva medical centers held their fifth annual hospital softball game at Massucci Field in Ashtabula. In September, the hospitals donated the proceeds from the event to the Conneaut and Geneva Food Pantries. Nearly $650 dollars was raised and more than 240 pounds of dry and canned goods were donated by hospitals employees, family members and the public.

“Those who attended the game were asked to contribute one canned item, one dry food item or one dollar,” says George Toth, Manager of Material Distribution, UH Geneva Medical Center, who oversees the distribution of the proceeds. “The donations were brought back to UH Geneva Medical Center, where everything was weighed and divided up. Approximately half was taken to the Geneva Food Pantry and the rest went to the Conneaut Food Pantry.”

The annual softball rivalry launched in 2009 when Robert G. David, President of UH Conneaut and Geneva medical centers, began working with his staffs to develop an event that would reinforce the unity between the two University Hospitals facilities while benefiting the Ashtabula and Lake County communities. The game has been well-attended each summer.

This year, approximately 107 pounds of food went to the Geneva Food Pantry and 137 pounds were donated to the Conneaut Food Pantry. The monetary donations, which were presented on September 12, are used to purchase additional food for each community’s needs. “For every dollar donated, the pantries can get about five dollars worth of food,” says George Toth. “That means the $342.50 that we donated to the Geneva Food Pantry can turn into at least $1,500 worth of food.”

The items donated by UH Conneaut and Geneva medical centers are added to each pantries’ general stock, which is made available each week to residents in need. “We’re extremely excited to get such a large donation,” says Valerie Leitch, Director of the Geneva Food Pantry, which serves about 25 families per day. “UH Geneva Medical Center has always been very supportive of the Geneva Food Pantry. With the growing season being so poor we have not received a lot of donations of fresh fruits and vegetables. That means we have to purchase more, so the money the hospital donated was very generous and very much needed.”

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