Mercy Hospital employees donate over 1,000 pounds of food

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Mercy Hospital Cassville recently concluded its summer food drive, in which employees donate food items over a six-week period to help their local community. This year, employees collected 1,059 pounds of food, and were able to present the Cassville Community Food Pantry at United Methodist Church of Cassville with a check for $211.90. The donation amount is based on a 20 cents-per-pound of food match by the hospital. Front row, from left, are hospital employees: Savannah Williams, Stephanie Clymer, Janet Mills, director of the Food Pantry at Cassville United Methodist Church; Andy Lambel, UMC pastor; Back row: Erica Hilburn, Teresa Beach, Doug Stroemel, Mercy Hospital administrator; Nicki Gamet, Mercy Cassville executive director of operations, Maggie Huffington and Emily Jackson, Mercy Cassville executive administrative assistant. Julia Kilmer/

Drive supports local pantry at United Methodist Church

Mercy Cassville Hospital employees and administration recently finalized totals for the annual summer food drive, coming up with a total of 1,059 pounds of food that was able to be donated to the Cassville Community Food Pantry at United Methodist Church of Cassville, which helps provide local families with food.

During a six-week period from July 2 through Aug. 11, employees were asked to donate food items, and after a 20-cents-per-pound matching donation from the hospital, employees were able to provide the food pantry with a check for $211.90.

The check was presented to Janet Mills, director of the pantry on Sept. 26.

The specific focus on the food drive is to help support local families and children over the summer with meals while school is out of session.

A drive was also held on the Aurora hospital campus, with employees collecting 1,344.50 pounds of food.

Doug Stroemel, Mercy Hospital administrator, said he was proud of hospital employees, who regularly participate in initiatives to help members of its community.

"They are always so generous and giving, and make this possible, even when times are hard," he said. "I'm very proud of them."

"Hospital employees are helping our community out," said Stephanie Clymer, Mercy materials management supply chain technician. "You never know who your angels are. It makes people feel cared for, and they don't have to worry about how to get food so that they can focus on other things."

Emily Jackson, Mercy Cassville executive administrative assistant, also expressed gratitude to support staff behind the scenes.

"We'd also like to thank our maintenance guys, who always deliver the food to the pantry," she said.