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Florida Hospital Fish Memorial staff, volunteers and physicians donated about 1,300 pounds of canned, boxed, and non-perishable food to help stock the weekend food pantry at Spirit Elementary and Discovery Elementary schools for their students.
"At Spirit Elementary, 75 percent of the students are eligible for a free or reduced lunch, and at Discovery, that number is slightly higher at 77 percent," said Ruben Colon, a respiratory therapist at the hospital. "That equates to a lot of kids with families struggling to put food on the table. How can a child focus on solving a math problem or learning a new word when she or he is fighting hunger pang.
That's why the hospital staff banded together to host a food drive for the two Deltona schools. The food will be available in the elementary schools' weekend food pantry for those in need.
"Our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ goes far beyond the walls of the facility," said Art Bakewell, the hospital's Director of Pastoral Care. "This type of effort speaks directly to our employees' heart. They exemplify this spirit of compassion every day, and this is simply another evidence of that."