85 Regional One Health employee volunteers came together to pack 10,000 meals for the Mid-South Food Bank to give to families in need in the Memphis area.
Volunteers from across Regional One Health came together on Dec. 13 to pack 10,000 meals for the Mid-South Food Bank to distribute to families in need in the Memphis area.
This is the fourth year Regional One Health has held the food-packing event in partnership with Outreach for Kids and the Mid-South Food Bank.
“Being part of a health care organization that tends to the needs of many in Memphis, it’s a natural fit for us,” said Angela Hughes, manager of community affairs and engagement for Regional One Health. “By doing a program like this we allow our employees an opportunity to give back to the community.”
Eighty-five volunteers came from across the hospital, touching a range of departments. Nurses stood next to executives, interns, IT staff and others as they worked in coordinated teams that took pasta grains from boxes, measured, sorted, filled and sealed bags, applied package labels and refilled boxes, all in a festive spirit. No, the six tables didn’t “officially” compete, but a good-natured competitive spirit was obvious as volunteers would yell out “box” when a new package was filled with meals.
Melanie Wood is a nurse manager in Trauma Step Down. This was her first time to participate in the food-packing event, but instead of joining the effort alone she was one of a group of 10 from her area.
“It’s an opportunity to care for the community and also work as a team-bonding experience,” she said. “We get to meet with other departments and meet new people.”
Sabrina Jones is an IT manager who has participated all four years. She volunteers with a homeless ministry through her church and said it’s important to get involved in the community any way she can.