Hawkins County Memorial Donates Backpacks To Weekend Food Program At Rogersville City SchoolHawkins County Memorial Helps Combat Hunger With Donation Of Backpacks To Weekend Food Program

Hawkins County Memorial Hospital is further supporting the community’s health with a donation of 50 new backpacks to support a weekend food program for children at Rogersville City School.

“In 2010, 62 percent of students who attend Hawkins County Schools qualified for free or reduced lunch,” said Leslie Anne Burchell, the hospital’s clinical dietician. “It is vital we meet these children’s dietary needs when they are not in school.”

Hawkins County Memorial’s donation of backpacks for 21 participating children and their families in Rogersville City School is necessary to ensure food is delivered. Children who participate in the program are referred by teachers, school office personnel, guidance counselors or a parent request. 

Rogersville City School partners with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide nonperishable food items, with additional financial support from the Rogersville City School’s Coordinated School Health program and the Rogersville Presbyterian Women’s Ministry.

This food will fill the backpacks the children take home each weekend during the school year. Coordinated School Health funds also enable purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables for children's consumption at home.

“We focus on the whole child’s needs as we strive to provide the best learning environment possible,” said Stephanie Edison, Rogersville City School's director of coordinated school health. “Community partnerships are vital to the success of our endeavors.”

Hawkins County Memorial has participated in the weekend food program since 2008. Sheri Ives, the hospital’s vice president of clinical services, said the donation is additional evidence of Hawkins County Memorial’s leadership in delivering high-quality care and promoting wellness in the community.

“Hawkins County Memorial is grateful for the opportunity to assist these children and their families,” Ives said. “We are committed to the well-being of the community we serve and see this donation as an excellent way to ensure proper nutrition in conjunction with the school system and other community partners.”