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Presence crams the cart for Joliet food pantry

12/2/2015, 6:06 p.m.
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) recently completed their annual Cram the Cart food drive collecting over 100 lbs. of ...

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) recently completed their annual Cram the Cart food drive collecting over 100 lbs. of non-perishable food items for Mount Zion Baptist Church’s food pantry in Joliet. Shopping carts have been on display at PSJMC since Halloween with donations pouring in from hospital associates, volunteers and guests including a sizeable donation from Cub Scouts of Crest Hill, Pack 225.Shopping carts and additional food items were also donated by the Joliet area Jewel-Osco.

Additionally, as part of the PSJMC Food and Nutrition Department’s “Mindful” program, Clinical Dietician Lori Cox gathered donations through community outreach at local grocers.

“We were so pleased by the show of support from our associates, friends and local partners during our Cram the Cart drive,” said Kathleen Rhine, President and CEO, Presence Health South Suburban Region. “I applaud the efforts of the Mount Zion food pantry. Their program reflects the heart of what Presence Health is all about–improving community health and helping our most vulnerable populations.”

PSJMC hold several drives throughout the year including a book drive in January and a diaper drive in May benefiting various local charities.