Fighting Hunger in Hampton Roads

What began as a clothing closet at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center last summer has grown into the collection of nearly six tons of food from September to March. After creating the clothes closet, “we decided that God’s people are hungry and that we are called to address this need,” said Alex Garvey, administrative director of Mission and Ethics.

Maryview staff contacted a local food agency that needed to provide 4,000 meals a week. Employees began donating food to create “individual packages” that people could take home, reducing their trips to the food pantry. “Some departments really took the challenge to heart,” said Mandy Johnson, administrative assistant at Maryview. “Departments became very creative. For example, our Billing Department at Bridgeway sponsored raffles and prizes and ran a daily total of their collection.”

“The outpouring was tremendous,” added Ron Jedlowski, director of Materials Management who led distribution efforts.

In January, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital joined Maryview in its “Souperbowl,” which led to one ton of soup being collected. In March, Bon Secours DePaul joined Maryview, together collecting almost two tons of food.

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