• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Frontier Nursing employees donate 374 pounds of food

The employees at Frontier Nursing University donated 374 pounds of nonperishable food items to the Food Pantry for Woodford County last Friday, Feb. 28. The month-long food drive was an opportunity for about 60 employees on its Lexington Road campus to give back to the community. They donated 740 pounds to the food pantry a year ago. “It’s part of the heart and soul of what we do here, so I was excited to be a part of it,” said Sharon Tankersley of the food drive. “… We hope to do this every year, and it will just grow as we grow.” FNU employees again conducted their food drive after the holiday season because they were told that’s when fewer donations come into the food pantry, said Tankersley, who serves on FNU’s employee engagement committee and lives in Woodford County. With the next large-scale food drive – the Letter Carrier Food Drive – not until May, food pantry board President Bill Phelps said FNU’s Stock the Shelves Food Drive “helps keep our shelves stocked.” Other initiatives supported by Frontier Nursing University include an underwear drive benefiting school age children in partnership with the Family Resource Centers in Woodford County Public Schools, said FNU Chief Operations Officer Shelley Aldridge. FNU will also host a blood drive in the coming days. “All of us are very committed to service here at the university,” said FNU President Susan Stone. With a mission to educate nurse practitioners and nurse midwives to serve rural and underserved families, she said, “We encourage our employees to engage in community efforts that will improve the community – absolutely.” Aldridge said conversations among employees are ongoing to identify other needs in the community to see what else they can do to help. “We’re extremely blessed to have a number of community partners,” said Phelps. He said one of the Food Pantry for Woodford County’s greatest needs are personal care items like shampoos, toothpaste, bars of soap and toilet paper, which were donated by Tara Barbour in the years before her graduation from Woodford County High School last May. In November 2018, Tara donated 18,593 personal care items to the local food pantry.

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