July 15, 2020
Redmond Regional Medical Center in partnership with Floyd County School Nutrition and Rome Floyd YMC, hosted a pop-up community food distribution site Tuesday morning, July 14th. The event gave out 1,200 boxes of free, fresh produce to members of the community.
Floyd County School Nutrition secured a grant to receive boxes of produce through the “Farm to Families” program for all families in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rome Floyd YMCA partnered with Floyd County School Child Nutrition on the project and the groups have been distributing the boxes in the community for several weeks during the pandemic.
The pop-up site at Redmond came together very quickly as the volume of food shipments increased. Sunday evening Stephanie McElhone, Community Development Director with the Rome Floyd YMCA and Donna Carver, Child Nutrition Director with Floyd County Schools, reached out to John Quinlivan, CEO at Redmond Regional Medical Center. They asked John Quinlivan if the hospital could host a truckload of produce boxes on Tuesday morning for community distribution. The answer was an immediate “yes.”
Being the first time the hospital hosted such an event, organizers were not certain how it would go and planned to be on site from 10am to 1pm. Once the truck arrived and the group started unloading boxes, word immediately went out on social media.
All 1,200 boxes were given out by 11:00am.
Redmond will host more food distribution pop-ups with Floyd County School Nutrition and the Rome Floyd YMCA. The community can watch Redmond and Rome Floyd YMCA social media pages for updates on future days and times.
“We are proud to be members of our community, supporting our community. We appreciate the great work being done by Floyd County School Nutrition and the Rome-Floyd YMCA to make food available to everyone in our community. We at Redmond are proud to work with our friends in these great organizations and provide opportunities for all families to have fresh, healthy food options.”