Among those who have already started collecting food items for the drive are employees of T.J. Samson Community Hospital.
“Everyday we hear of more and more factory closings and cut backs, Glasgow and surrounding areas have been hit hard,” said Tootie Bishop, radiology director at the hospital. “Dr. Mody is very supportive of other projects that we had worked on in the community and when he approached us with the plan for ‘fill to the brim’ we wanted to help. Knowing that there is a great need to help local families, this is a project that will stay in our community. T.J. Samson employees have always been leaders in giving to the community and this will give them another opportunity.”
Cathy Gill, a clinical dietitian at the hospital, said she often meets families who are having a difficult time putting meals on the table.
“As health care providers, we want to take care of our local folks,” she sid. “Food is basic to comfort, security and survival. We want to help those in need.”
The hospital employees’ goal is to fill one box truck “to the brim.”
“So many charities and donations are sent to other places,” Gill said. “We know that all food and supplies donated will stay to help our friends and neighbors.”
In addition to the “to the brim” campaign, hospital employees plan to give back to the community during the celebration of the hospital’s 80th anniversary by donating nonperishable food items to the food pantries, Bishop said.
The Cave City Chamber of Commerce began collecting nonperishable food items at its August general membership meeting.
“I have extended this challenge to the entire membership,” said Carol DeGroft, executive secretary of the Chamber. “Ideally, we could collect at least 225 items. Over the last five years, we have had collection boxes at Good Ole Days where admission to some of the events were two canned good per attendee, and at least three times per year, I ask for members to bring along nonperishable food items with them to our monthly meetings.”