Still fighting the good fight in Lee County
DIXON – An initiative created to take a bite out of hunger in the community has made strides across the last year, and coordinators hope to continue its growth.
KSB Hospital created the Fighting Hunger Feeding Wellness program a year ago Friday in partnership with the Living Well Church of the Nazarene. In it, extra food from the hospital cafeteria is packaged and taken to the church at 116 E. First St. and given to those who might lack access to regular or nutritious food.
St. Anne Parish joined the program in July, providing weekly grab-n-go meals, and Heritage Square became a second provider for surplus food in November.
Last year, more than 7,700 meals were packaged and distributed to community members in need.
The program also is a way to provide wellness educational materials and certain health care services, such as blood pressure checks, and to connect people with other hospital programs.
The hope is to continue growing the program this year and expand it to other area communities, Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen said in a hospital news release.
Fighting Hunger Feeding Wellness is spearheaded by KSB’s nursing and dietary departments, and it’s aimed at helping curb the food insecurity rate in Lee County, which is about 13 percent for adults and 21.5 percent for children, according to a joint health assessment done by the hospital and the Lee County Health Department in 2016.
“As the statistics show, a significant dent in that problem is being made all while trying to bring some basic health care assessments to those who are in need in our community,” KSB family medicine doctor Joseph Welty said.