Many families have been going hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the need, NEOMED and the NEW Center are lending a hand.
Beginning the week of April 27, Executive Chef Xavier Smith and NEOMED’s Conference Services team will prepare and package meals two days a week for families in need from Bio-Med Science Academy and the Rootstown Local School District. The team will also continue to provide daily lunches to a number of Bio-Med Science Academy students.
With the help of sponsors like NEOMED Foundation, United Way of Portage County and Signet, LLC, NEOMED’s One with the Community food service program will provide nearly 400 meals per week, for at least three weeks, to Bio-Med Science Academy and Rootstown Local School District families at no cost.
The two schools will serve families drive-through-style, under the portico of the NEW Center.
The schools’ superintendents, Stephanie Lammlein and Andrew Hawkins, will arrange the sign-up and distribution process for families within each district.
“We have a professional food service, staff and food available, so we decided to increase the volume of meals we are producing to provide for our community, with the help of a number of charitable donations for this program,” says Andy Malitz, executive director of the NEW Center.
“We look forward to designing the meals, preparing them and providing them to the families of Bio-Med Science Academy and Rootstown Local School District,” says Sheryl Loftus, director of catering for the NEW Center. “As a major conference and event center, the NEW Center is equipped for this kind of service. It is a privilege to share our expertise and to help the families of these schools.”
Malitz and Amanda Senn, director of sales for the NEW Center, along with representatives from United Way of Portage County, kicked off the One with the Community program, Thursday, April 16, delivering 250 meals to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center and 30 meals to Rootstown Township Fire Department.
Photo L to R: Bill Childers, president of United Way of Portage County; Audrey Zevenbergen, Rootstown Township Fire Department; Julia Colecchi, director of development, United Way of Portage County; Amanda Senn; Andy Malitz; Devin Milam and Jon Park, Rootstown Township Fire Department.