As each new year begins, we find ourselves looking for ways to start the year off on the right foot. January often holds promises of fresh beginnings, whether by setting new goals, adopting healthier habits or discovering new ways to give back to those around us.
The start of 2018 at KSB saw the addition of the Fighting Hunger, Feeding Wellness program that provides community members who lack access to regular or nutritious meals, a place to go for wholesome food as well as education on topics such as reading nutrition labels, healthy heart rates and BMI, medication education and smoking cessation.
The surplus food program idea was introduced to KSB leadership in November 2017 by Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen, whose colleague initiated a similar project that saw much success at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
This exciting new initiative would not be possible without the efforts of many from our KSB team– members of our nursing staff who took time to become certified in food packaging and will continue to spend time during their week to put together meals, KSB Dietary staff who offer support to the program, our Auxiliary board who donated a year’s worth of food containers, Community Wellness who offers support and facilitated the collaboration between KSB and the Living Well Church, and finally each contributor to the 2017 Employee Fund Campaign, which provided the designated cooler where meals are stored.
2018 is off to a great start at KSB as we further our mission of restoring, maintaining and enhancing health of those in our community. As an organization, we look forward to seeing the Fighting Hunger, Feeding Wellness program grow in the year ahead.