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Second Harvest Food Bank Honors Carolinas HealthCare System
Members of Carolinas HealthCare System's Human Resources and Corporate Community Benefit departments recently accepted the Frank Timberlake Award. 

Second Harvest Food Bank recently honored Carolinas HealthCare System with the Frank Timberlake Award for its commitment to providing nourishing food to children.

Each week, teammates at the System’s new-employee-orientation fill backpacks with food for children who are at high-risk for hunger on non-school days.

All the food for the program is purchased by Carolinas HealthCare System with the goal of increasing daily protein, fruit and vegetable servings for these children.

Since the project began in October 2012, nearly 3,000 System employees have participated, stuffing 10,000 backpacks of non-perishable food items. The backpacks are then distributed in 16 counties to children who need it most.

The Frank Timberlake Award is named after one of Second Harvest Food Bank’s founding board members and honors a corporate partner that demonstrates innovation and passion in the fight against hunger.

→Read about other ways Carolinas HealthCare System gives back to the community.

Carolinas HealthCare System’s Jon Joffe, vice president of system workforce relations, recently spoke with WCNC about the System’s efforts.

“This project provides an opportunity for new teammates to engage with each other, and the community on their very first day,” says Joffe.

During orientation, members of the Corporate Community Benefit team provide additional opportunities for new teammates to extend the spirit of camaraderie and community support well beyond their first day. In addition to feeding kids, Carolinas HealthCare System teammates contributed more than 55,000 hours of community service to local charities last year; 5,000 of those hours were with Second Harvest.

“Carolinas HealthCare System’s incorporation of the backpack program into new-teammate-orientation is one of the most innovative ideas Second Harvest has seen,” said Kay Carter, Second Harvest executive director. “It integrates teammate engagement and health and wellness priorities into an impactful response to community needs.”

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