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Morrison Healthcare donates $8,000 to the Asheville Poverty Initiative

Pictured from L-R: Morrison Regional Director of Operations Jason Channell, Anne Leventer and Shannon Spencer from the Asheville Poverty Initiative, Mission Health Chief Vice President of Operations Jonathan Bailey, Morrison Executive Chef Mark Albano, and Morrison Regional Vice President Karl Sukley. Queen Mother, also from the Asheville Poverty Initiative, is seated in front.

Morrison Healthcare, Mission Health’s exclusive Food and Nutrition Services partner, today donated $8,000 to the Asheville Poverty Initiative. The donation was made possible as a result of Morrison and its Mission Health account being recognized by parent company Compass Group as the national Compass In The Community Gold award winner for 2017.

In North Carolina, one in four children is food insecure -- that is one of the highest rates of food insecurity in children under 18 years of age in the country.  Hunger-fighting nonprofits, such as the  Asheville Poverty Initiative (API), play a significant role in providing nutritious meals to adults and children experiencing food insecurity. API serves 1,600 meals every month to individuals in need living in Asheville, North Carolina. The nonprofit serves food to individuals through their cafe, 12 Baskets Cafe, with a focus on creating an inclusive communal space. API also accepts donations of surplus, prepared foods from local businesses. The Morrison team at Mission Health has donated 3,600 pounds of food to API since their partnership began. Shannon Spencer, the Executive Director of API, appreciates the diversity of food that Mission donates, “We pick up from several restaurants, we get a lot of the same foods from these restaurants. What we get from Mission allows us to offer much more diverse meals. The protein, the vegetables -- oftentimes it’s something completely different from what we are picking up from hot bars and cafes.”

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