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December 5, 2008

Hospital donates to local pantries

<b>Shockney says facilities ‘are feeling the pain’ of the economy.</b>

Several local food pantries received a welcome donation Friday from Logansport Memorial Hospital.

The hospital gave cases of fresh fruit along with cash donations to five pantries in Cass and Carroll counties to help those in need in those communities.

Donations went to The Salvation Army, Emmaus Mission Center, and the Walton, Delphi and Flora Food Pantries. The hospital and its employees partnered with SYSCO Foods Inc. to organize the effort, and deliveries were made to each location Friday afternoon.

Brian Shockney, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said in a news release the donations are intended to help the communities face the challenges of the economic downturn.

“Memorial Hospital and its employees are thankful for their jobs and the ability to work in an organization that cares for its employees as well as the community,” he said in the release. “The operational changes and hard work by the entire organization have helped improve our financial standing, allowing us to give back to our community in a way that helps ensure health and nutrition for those who need our care the most.”

In addition to Friday’s deliveries, hospital employees also held a food drive during the week to collect food for the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry at the East Main Street Church of God in Logansport.

“... Our local food pantries are feeling the pain as they have already served more people this year than last year,” said Shockney.

The board of trustees also voiced support for the hospital’s efforts to assist these communities.

“We trust that these gifts from our employees and our hospital will make a difference in improving the health of those in need during this season of hope,” said board chair Kathy Shepler.

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