By University Medical Center
UMC will deliver thousands of food items to Lubbock elementary students who might otherwise go without during the Christmas break.
About 200 reusable shopping bags, provided by United Supermarkets and filled with food, will go to Brown and Bean elementary schools. UMC employees donated the food during a food drive this week.
Families who rely on school cafeteria programs to provide meals for their kids can’t do the same during the holidays when schools are closed. The donations ensure students have adequate nutrition while away from school.
“This year the need was greater than it has been, but the generosity of our employees was greater as well,” said Kristi Ward, UMC’s associate general counsel and public information officer. Ward coordinates the Partner’s in Education program at UMC.
UMC sponsors Brown Elementary through the Partners in Education program. In the past three years, UMC employees have donated food, school supplies and clothing to students. UMC employees also purchased a Christmas tree for students to decorate in the hallway at Brown.