United Way Provides Meals to 875 UH Portage Employees
United Way of Portage County (UWPC), in partnership with Guido’s Pizza and Catering of Ravenna, distributed meals to the 875 unsung heroes at UH Portage Medical Center. The meal distribution targeted members of the hospital staff who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic times. Meals were provided to frontline hospital personnel in Ravenna, including doctors and nurses, as well as medical staff such as front desk personnel, custodians, security workers, volunteers and other employees who are responding to the increase in healthcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Guido’s staff worked hard all day to provide these meals to the UH Portage staff who have given so much of themselves every day through the pandemic. We were thrilled to work with United Way to make this happen,” said Mindy Leonard, Manager at Guido’s.
The opportunity was made possible through sponsorships from 717 Credit Union, Hometown Bank, Janet and David Dix and others. United Way volunteers and board members served the meals of rigatoni and meatballs, green beans, salad, bread and dessert to hospital staff at all three shifts, at 11am-1pm, 5pm-6pm and 11pm-12am. “These are two organizations that I’m so proud to be a part of! Thank you to United Way and Guido’s for providing such a fabulous meal with terrific service!” said Lisa Kinter, UH Portage Manger of Nursing and Patient Experience and United Way Board Member.
UWPC President and CEO, Bill Childers, notes that these heroes are much deserving of even more than this. “We are so grateful for these special donors who are helping us provide creative and innovative solutions to help our community during these unprecedented times,” said Childers. “We hope it was a morale boost for everyone.”