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University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center employees to donate Thanksgiving turkeys to county’s food pantries

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hospital partners with United Way and Geauga Hunger Task Force to help feed less fortunate

GEAUGA COUNTY – Each November as a gift for its employees, University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center purchases approximately 1,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving. Employees can choose to donate their 13-to-14-pound birds to the seven Geauga County food pantries as part of a community partnership with the Geauga Hunger Task Force and United Way Services of Geauga County.

“This year, we are distributing the turkeys to our employees on Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21,” says Danialle Lynce, SPHR, Manager, Human Resources, UH Geauga Medical Center. “On Thursday our distribution ends at 3 p.m. At that time, the United Way team will be on site to collect the extra and donated turkeys and take them to the food pantries in Geauga County.”

Families need the turkeys even more this year because of cutbacks in federal food resources and grant dollars from the Cleveland Food Bank. “In past years, all the dollars raised via Harvest For Hunger in Geauga County stayed in the county,” says Joann Randall, Resource and Volunteer Manager, United Way Services of Geauga County. “This year those grant dollars are being split among a six-county region, resulting in about a 90% drop in our allocation.”

Those dollars are used to purchase USDA-approved food, which means meat is in short supply for less-fortunate families this holiday season. “The turkeys are more of a blessing this year because meat and protein are food items that are not often donated to the local food pantries,” says Randall.

In 2012, UH Geauga Medical Center donated nearly 100 turkeys. Danialle Lynce hopes to meet or exceed that amount this year. “We’re grateful to all of our employees who donate their turkeys because it really makes a huge difference in the lives of people in need in our region,” says Lynce. “At UH Geauga Medical Center, we’re very pleased to be able to strengthen this connection with our community, as well as with the United Way and the Geauga Hunger Task Force.”

“On behalf of the many Geauga County residents in need that will be receiving a holiday turkey for their celebration meals, we thank UH Geauga Medical Center for its continued support,” says Kathleen Munch, Resource Development Manager, United Way Services of Geauga County. “United Way values its year-round partnership with the hospital and the impact we make together.”

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