Family Health employees collect 2,000 food items, walk 20,000 miles

By Linda Moody lmoody@civitasmedia.com

July 31, 2014

GREENVILLE — Family Health employees just completed a combined food drive and walking competition.

The food drive, it was noted, has been conducted by Family Health since 2008.

This is the first year for a wellness theme. The theme, “FH Super Heroes Conquering Hunger Across America,” challenged all employees by placing them in seven competing teams, named the Hulk, Wonder Woman, Superman, Iron Man, Flash Gordon, Batman an Captain America.

Teams competed by donating food while walking from Greenville to Hollywood via pedometer. The food and miles accumulated by each team were tallied along the way at Washington D.C., The Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and, finally, Hollywood.

More than 2,000 food items were donated and more than 20,000 miles were walked during the competition.

Prizes were awarded to the team that donated the most food, the team that walked the most and to individual winners.

“The competition was fun and fit in well with Family Health’s wellness team’s mission of ‘building healthy employee lives together through preventive care,’” a spokesperson said.

As a team member stated, “There are no losers when the community wins.”

Food banks, which will receive these donated items, are: Ansonia Community Food Pantry, Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church, Bradford Resource Center, Community Action Partnership Homeless Shelter, Castine Area Food Bank, FISH, Grace Resurrection Community Center and Versailles Council of Churches Food Pantry.

And, new this year, recipient of the collected food items is The Journey Home, a veteran’s homeless shelter located in Winchester, Indiana, and serves Darke County veterans as well as those in Delaware, Henry, Jay, Randolph and Wayne counties in Indiana and Mercer and Preble counties in Ohio.

It is a long-term, residential, transitional housing center for male veterans who are 18 years or older, homeless, alcohol- or chemically-addicted or struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Veterans there make a six-month personal commitment to the recovery program. Residents will attend daily recovery sessions and have access to spiritual counselors and a caring staff who assist them with the creation of an effective support system. The structured approach is designed to help the veteran with developing a solid foundation. They are accountable for their behavior as well as for the completion of daily work assignments.