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Woodview joins Helping Hands initiative

WOODVIEW EMPLOYEES DONATE TO SOUP KITCHEN. Staff of the Woodview recently collected and donated 630 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items to Missionary United Soup Kitchen as part of the Helping Hands Across America initiative. Pictured from left to right are Pastor Jean Harris, Missionary United; Albert Watkins, volunteer; Kathryn Simons, Woodview registered dietitian; Ashley Nelson, diet clerk and Bobbie Howerton, CDM, CFFP Woodview dietary manager. / December 04, 2009
Staff at the Woodview recently completed a month-long food drive as a part of Sodexo’s Helping Hands Across America initiative, resulting in a donation of 630 pounds of non-perishable food items to South Boston’s Missionary United Soup Kitchen.

The program was developed in recognition of the crucial role food banks play in fighting hunger in their own communities. At the Woodview, the program was spearheaded by the dietary department.

“We decided to make a contest out of it,” states Dietary Manager Bobbie Howerton. “We decided that the department that collected the most would receive a meal prepared by us. The winner was the housekeeping and laundry department.”

Sodexo sponsors the Helping Hands Across America program as a way of helping communities in this type of economic climate. Their clients are encouraged to give back to the communities they serve. Healthcare facilities across the country participated in the effort.

“The Woodview has long recognized the importance of being active in the life of the community and the residents, staff, volunteers and families have always enjoyed special efforts like this,” Howerton said. “The holiday season can be so difficult for those in need, and we are grateful that we could be of some help right here in South Boston.”

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