RMH Holds Successful Food Drive for “Blessings in a Backpack” Program


Richland Memorial Hospital recently held a food drive to collect items for the “Blessings in a Backpack” program. The Master’s Hands, local food pantry, provides the food each week that is sent home with over 70 students in the Richland County School District. The backpacks are sent home each Friday throughout the school year so these children will have something to eat over the weekend.

Richland Memorial Hospital donated five cases of cold cereal, one case of hot cereal, two cases of peanut butter and one case of poptarts. Several employees donated items, such as, mac n cheese, pasta dinners, soups, fruit cups, snack items and miscellaneous canned goods. In addition, $311.10 was collected for the Master’s Hands to purchase other needed items for the backpacks.

At the end of the food drive, enough was collected to assemble 198 full backpacks, with other items left over to partially fill several other backpacks.

Richland Memorial Hospital presents members of the Master’s Hands with the monetary donation, as well as six cart loads of boxes filled with food items for the “Blessings in a Backpack” program. Those pictured include, Jill VanHyning, RMH Director of Human Resources, Kayla Martin, RMH Food/Nutrition Services employee, Minnie Irvin, General Manager with Sodexo (RMH food vendor), and Master’s Hands representatives, Barb Hartleroad, Linda Ochs, John Thomas, and Cody Rice.

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