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The folks at River Cities Harvest were understandably shocked when they visited King’s Daughters Medical Center on Tuesday to pick up some donations for the food bank.

KDMC team members had brought in slightly more than five tons of food to benefit the nonprofit, volunteer agency.

The donations came pouring in from team members in all departments and work areas of King’s Daughters, from physician practices, nursing units and business offices. Cases of canned soup, beans, pasta, vegetables, tuna, peanut butter, fruit, cereal and more overflowed two rooms and spilled into a nearby office.

Patient Representative Rita Burgess spearheaded Food Feud, which pitted department against department; shift against shift to see which could collect the most food during a two-week period that ended Monday, May 19.

“It’s like Christmas in May,” said Terri Clark, director of River Cities Harvest, who said she was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by King’s Daughters team members.

The KDMC Lab team brought in the highest total, with 2,000 pounds, Burgess said. Pharmacy came in second, with donations of more than 1,400 pounds. Rounding out the Top 5 were Administration, Emergency Services and Human Resources.

“It always amazes me how much they (team members) bring and how excited they get,” Burgess said, noting that departments and Feud leaders really got into the spirit of the feud, hiding their donations until the last minute in an attempt to out maneuver competitors and win.  

All told, King’s Daughters team members collected 10,380 pounds of food for River Cities Harvest, with additional donations still coming in, Burgess said.

River Cities Harvest supplies food to 35 food banks and agencies in the area. The long, harsh winter and growing list of those in need had nearly depleted the food banks’ supplies, Clark said. King’s Daughters donations will go a long way to resupply those food banks.  

And that, Burgess said, is what the Feud was all about. “We do it because we all care about people.”

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