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June News - "Combating Child Hunger" News Article

The Greeneville Sun, May 24, 2017

'Combating Child Hunger'

By Cameron Judd, Staff Writer

A celebratory spirit was evident in the lobby of Laughlin Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon as it was announced that the recent Derby Day on Main event raised nearly $32,000 that will go to feed hungry children across Greene County.

Laughlin Health Care Foundation, which sponsored Derby Day, made the announcement via Executive Director Betty Weemes.  The money raised by Derby Day — a May 6 Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser — will go to the Feeding the Children of Greeneville and Greene County program.

“I continue to stand in awe of the participation at the inaugural Derby Day event in 2015 and, most certainly, the 2016 Derby Day on Main, both sold-out events,” Weemes said.  The 2017 event, however, was even more exciting, she said.  “This year we are able to provide $11,000 more in funding dollars for the children of Greeneville and Greene County than in 2016.”

Present to receive the good news and the ceremonial check was Rhonda Chafin, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank, who spoke briefly to the assembled group to describe the basic needs her organization meets and thank the foundation’s staff and volunteers for their support of that work through Derby Day on Main.

The specific program the donation supports provides food to food-challenged children during the months schools are not in session.

Chafin said, “This donation comes at a much-needed time and enables Second Harvest to serve the children of Greeneville and Greene County.  This summer we have more than 13 sites where we will provide lunches to children.”

A key part of that process involves a “Lunch Express Bus” that delivers the meals to designated stop sites.

Photo:  With driver Rick Bible looking over from the step of the Lunch Express food bus he drives around Greene County during summer months, delivering meals to food-challenged children, representatives of the Second Harvest Food Bank accept a symbolic check from the Laughlin Health Care Foundation for more than $31,000 in proceeds from this year’s May 6 Derby Day on Main fundraiser.  Standing in the foreground, from left, are Ann Rehm, development officer for Second Harvest, Rhonda Chafin, Second Harvest executive director, Betty Weemes, Laughlin Health Care Foundation executive director, and Rebecca Muncy, assistant at the foundation.     [Sun Photo By Cameron Judd] 

The bus itself was parked outside the hospital during the event, and its driver, Rick Bible, was present and briefly addressed the group.  “It’s all about the kids for me,” he said.  He described how gratifying it is to see the children receive healthful meals that they otherwise would not have.

More information about the Derby Day event is available from the Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 787-5117, or Second Harvest at 423-279-0430, extensions 203 or 206.