A beneficial collaboration
AdventHealth Wesley Chapel collaborated with Atonement Lutheran Church’s Food Pantry and Dube’s Mobile Market on May 24 in an effort to provide fresh produce to families facing food insecurity in the community.
Volunteers assembled and distributed produce bundle bags, benefiting 540 vulnerable families, according to a news release.
Atonement’s pantry currently supports more than 500 local families on a weekly basis by providing essential food items. However, due to resource limitations, fresh produce has not always been available, the release said.
AdventHealth Wesley Chapel made the decision to fund the produce donation.
“AdventHealth Wesley Chapel has been in this community for 10 years and we know health care is about more than just treating illnesses, it’s about preventing illness and supporting a healthy lifestyle. By providing nutritious food to those who don’t normally have access to fresh produce, we can help support our community in maintaining a healthy diet and reducing the risk of chronic disease,” said Connie Bladon, director of community outreach, in the release.
In support of this initiative, Nicole Dube of Dube’s Mobile Market contributed $2,000 worth of fresh produce. Dube is an active partner with multiple local food banks.
Pinwheels for Prevention
GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club members Gail Howard, left, and president Elayne Bassinger attended a seminar and meeting in Tampa regarding the ‘Putting Children First Pinwheels for Prevention’ campaign, which raises funds through the sale of blue pinwheels to aid groups working with children who have suffered abuse. Bikers Against Child Abuse, a club that is similarly working to raise funds to bring awareness to child abuse, also attended.