Food Donations, Big & Small, Still Appreciated by Many at Jefferson Health New Jersey

May 21, 20205th donation wrap-up

Jefferson Health New Jersey associates, clinical and non-clinical alike, are incredibly grateful for the continuous outreach and support shown by the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past couple of weeks – including National Hospital Week – many more donations have been made in the form of inspiring artwork, much-needed PPE, flowers for Mother’s Day, and – you guessed it – plenty of tasty food!

With this kindness and generosity from friends, family members, and neighbors, fewer employees have had to struggle to find the time to plan meals for their workday; instead, these many small surprises have brought smiles to their faces.

Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital has seen recent donations from Harris Tea Company, Moorestown; Andreotti’s Catering and Chubb Insurance; Seasons 52 Wine Bar & Grill; Saladworks, Cinnaminson; South Jersey Rugby Football Club; Church of the Good Shepherd’s Cherry Hill Student Ministry; the Sikh Community, Burlington; and NAI Mertz Commercial Real Estate, coordinated by Joe Riggs, who recognized the efforts of workers behind-the-scenes in IT at Jefferson Health New Jersey’s Management Services Center.

Friends and family members of Kimberly Brody-Muckenfuss, RN, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Emergency Department nurse, also made thoughtful donations to her team. Over Mother’s Day weekend, her husband, Rich, had lunch delivered from Il Fiore restaurant in Collingswood. “I couldn’t be home with our kids today for Mother’s Day, but it was so nice feeling appreciated for what we do,” Kim said, surprised.

That same weekend, her friend, Jessica Velez, Washington Township resident, dropped off a tray of intricately decorated homemade cookies (made to look like scrubs), as well as breakfast items from Wawa.

Jefferson Stratford Hospital also received a donation from Harris Tea Company: five refreshing cases of Wonder Drink Kombucha. Other donations included 30 boxes of Girl Scout cookies from a local troop service unit, coordinated by Becky Cunningham, friend of Joan Tapken, Unit Secretary in Interventional Radiology.

Even donations from outside the community made their way to Stratford, including 104 meals from The Honey Baked Ham Company, provided by funds raised by Lawrence High School junior, Esha Rao. At the end of April, Rao started a GoFundMe initiative hoping to provide meals for front line and essential workers. Now, she’s successfully raised more than $2,700 and donated 300 boxed lunches.

At Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, in addition to five cases of Wonder Drink kombucha, associates received yet another donation from HOSPITAL-ity and Eat Clean Bro, Freehold; artwork and soft pretzels from Christ the King Regional School, Haddonfield; Chick-fil-A platters from community member Brenden Stell; soft pretzels and other tasty snacks from Victoria and Melina Ruiz; and a large donation of non-perishable snacks made by a grateful recent patient.

Watching the tireless work of healthcare workers on the front lines has inspired those currently studying to enter the field, like Victoria. Her mother, Melina, says now, more than ever, she’s eager to become a nurse and help save lives. It made her day to do something small to give back.

At the Jefferson Health Care Center, through the help of Food4Staff, unit 200 associates received meals from Mama Marie’s Italian Market in Pitman. Mama Marie's provided boxed lunches with hoagies (American, Italian, or turkey and cheese), chips, bottled water and chocolate chip cookies.

If someone you know is looking to make a similar donation to Jefferson Health NJ, have them call 856-488-6677 .