Huntington, W.Va. – With 117,000 people in 17 counties in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky depending on food and supplies from the Facing Hunger Foodbank (FHF), four AMFM Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers (N&RC) joined together to present $5,000 to the local agency.
Lincoln N&RC, Wayne N&RC, Cabell and Hillcrest Health Care Centers’ came together to present the FHF with a $5,000 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. The donation will be used to help operate the food bank, go towards FHF programs such as the Backpack and Mobile Pantry Programs, and continue to help provide assistance to those affected by the June flooding in West Virginia.
“We know that donations to food banks are typically down during the summer months, and we really wanted to make a big impact during this slower time of food donations,” said Cindy Cooper, Executive Director for Wayne N&RC said. “Especially this summer, as the Facing Hunger Foodbank played an important in collecting and distributing supplies to help flooded areas.”
Last year, 5.6 million pounds of food were distributed to the foodbank’s partner agencies to reach the communities in need. This year, the agency expects 6 million pounds to be collected and distributed.
“It’s hard to believe in this country we have as many children as we do that don’t have enough to eat,” said Cynthia Kirkhart, Executive Director for FHF.
She also said it wasn’t simply about getting food into the hands of the community that needs them, but also about providing nutritious foods and teaching families about maintaining healthier, more nutritious diets.
“Unfortunately, we hear often that people want to work with the food plans that their healthcare provider will work with them to develop to address their diabetes, or hypertension, but they can’t afford them at times,” Kirkhart said.
For example, the organization no longer distributes some foods such as the popular among college students ramen noodles to children in their back pack program. The sodium content in one package is typically more than half the daily recommended salt intake for a person.
The FHF Backpack program ensures more than 3,400 students go home every weekend with enough meals to sustain them through the weekend. Bags of food are discreetly placed in the child’s backpack before they go home for the weekend.
Areas known as “food deserts” is when the people in the communities do not have access to readily available food. The Mobile Pantry Program takes the food to them at centralized locations and each pantry can distribute more than 8,000 lbs. of food. The FHF also collects pet supplies and food for these areas after learning that many people would save the last bites of food for the family pet.
The donation was made possible through the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. The foundation provides money to AMFM’s family of 16 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to support community events, charities and programs.
“It’s an energy level that you can feel with the staff, the volunteers when we get support from the community like AMFM has done today,” Kirkhart said.
AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”
- 30 -