, Derry, New Hampshire

December 28, 2011

Parkland employees donate 1,085 pounds of food

By Suzanne Laurent

DERRY — There's no shortage of generosity from the employees at Parkland Medical Center. They collected 1,085 pounds of food this month for four local food pantries.

In addition, Parkland's administration donated $2,500 to Market Basket for food to be delivered to the Sonshine Soup Kitchen in Derry, the Rockingham Community Action Program in Salem, St. Jude's Food Pantry in Londonderry and the Shepherd's Pantry in Windham.

"We are so appreciative," said Sonshine's program director Christine Fudala Thursday afternoon, when first Market Basket made its delivery.

Then, the truck from the hospital pulled in with more bags and boxes of groceries.

"A lot of employees added special touches like baking mixes, toothbrushes, razors and other things they thought people could use," said Jennifer Nickulas, Parkland's public relations coordinator.

Because some of the items could not be used for making meals at the soup kitchen, Fudala shared the donations with the First Baptist Church's Food Pantry next door.

The soup kitchen is busier than ever, Fudala said.

On average, 70 people stop by each weekday evening for a meal, including entire families.

"I'm tremendously proud of our team at Parkland," CEO Tina Legere said. "They are not only outstanding caregivers, but also true community heroes."

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