The Owensboro Health GIVES 2018 Food Drive makes a difference
Woody Woodward, executive director of the Help Office of Owensboro, and Owensboro Health VP for Community and Government Affairs Steve Johnson pose with a check donated as part of this year's Owensboro Health Gives food drive.
The Owensboro Health Gives Food Drive for 2018 has wrapped up, with tons of food being distributed to area agencies.
At the Gives liaison breakfast on Tuesday, December 18, Owensboro Health Employee Engagement and Community Engagement announced the totals for the drive. Those totals are as follows:
- To the Help Office of Owensboro: 5 tons of food (and counting, as bins are still being collected and food items are delivered)
- To Hope2All food pantry in Muhlenberg County: 3.75 tons of food
- To the Help Office of Owensboro: $14,298
- To Hope2All food pantry in Muhlenberg County: $7,012
Steve Johnson, Owensboro Health’s VP for Government and Community Affairs, said he wants the liaisons and everyone who supported the food drive to know the difference they make.
“Please know what an impact this is. This can allow people to have a Christmas or a Thanksgiving or just some needed help,” Johnson said.
Help Office Executive Director Woody Woodward said that his agency provides about 80,000 meals a year and Owensboro Health provides about 40 percent of those. Woodward said he doesn’t know what they would do without Owensboro Health’s support.
“We don't want to find out what it would be like to not be partners with you, because you make such a difference,” Woodward said. “I can’t thank
Woodward added that helping families put food on the table is already a big deal, but the nearly 300 hams and turkeys donated from Owensboro Health’s annual employee gifts go even further.
“There’s always a few seconds of silence, where they wonder if it’s real,” Woodward said, explaining the surprise that recipients experience when being told they’re also getting a ham or turkey. “To add that to what we provide to them means the world.”