Fighting Hunger Feeding Wellness Celebrates 1 Year
On January 4th, KSB’s Fighting Hunger Feeding Wellness program will celebrate its one year anniversary serving the Dixon community. This nurse-led initiative began as a way to help those suffering from food insecurity and may not know where their next meal is coming from. Data gathered for the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment found that 12.5% of Lee County residents meet the criteria for food insecurity, and KSB is working to provide those in need with nutritious meals made from surplus food from our cafeteria. In 2018, over 7,700 meals were packaged and distributed to members of our community in need.
The Fighting Hunger Feeding Wellness program saw many major milestones within its first year. The Living Well Church has been a key partner in this program from the very beginning and was the first food service site established. In July, St. Anne’s Parish joined the program and began providing weekly grab-n-go meals and November saw the addition of Heritage Square as the second provider of surplus food for the initiative.
“It has been a privilege to be a small part of this program and I would like to thank Chief Nursing Officer, Linda Clemen, and her team of nurses for making this program happen,” noted Dr. Joseph Welty. “Three years ago when KSB Hospital’s Board reviewed the CHNA we committed to taking on 3 of the top 5 needs, including food insecurity. As the statistics show, a significant dent in that problem is being made all while trying to bring some basic health care assessments to those who are in need in our community.”
In 2019, Clemen, hopes to see the program continue to grow and expand its footprint throughout our community and in to other communities within KSB’s service area.
This inspiring initiative and success of the program would not be possible without the efforts of many from KSB, as well as the volunteers from the Living Well Church, St. Anne’s, and Heritage Square. Together, we are partners in health for our community.