• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Pantry gets $1,000 donation from DaVita dialysis

THE TEAM AT DaVITA Versailles Dialysis agreed to strike a "crazy pose" when their facility administrator, Debbie Baker, presented a $1,000 donation to the Food Pantry for Woodford County on Monday. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Sadiq Ahmed, medical director; Sharon Hardin, executive director of the food pantry; April Hamilton, Baker, Martha Barton, Nancy Arnett, Jessica Hess, Ashley Smith and Mary Kashef. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

DaVita Versailles Dialysis presented a $1,000 donation to the Food Pantry for Woodford County on Monday, Jan. 16. Facility administrator Debbie Baker described the donation as an opportunity for the local dialysis clinic to give back to its community through the "DaVita Way of Giving" program. "Monetary donations help us to continue keeping our meat supply plentiful for our clients," said Sharon Hardin, executive director of the Food Pantry for Woodford County. She said the local food pantry will use the $1,000 donation to purchase hamburger at a reduced price though the coop program at God's Pantry Food Bank. Because meat products are typically more costly than other foods at grocery stores, Hardin said, our clients "can't always afford that" extra expense. "We can buy 200 pounds of hamburger for about $460," she said. DaVita Versailles Dialysis has been in the community for seven years, and Baker said, "We like to give back." She said the clinic's team of nurses and technicians helped decide where they wanted this year's donation to go. They knew some of their patients have been helped by the Food Pantry for Woodford County over the years. "One of our mottos is 'Community first. A company second,'" said Baker, who lives in Versailles. When she and her team got ready to have their photo taken on Monday, they agreed to strike a "crazy pose," thereby following one of their parent company's core values: fun. We're working, but "let's have fun" while we're helping our patients, explained Baker.

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