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We won!

February 11, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

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The “big check”!

Well, we did it!

We beat Denver. I wish when I said “we” I meant our beloved Carolina Panthers, but alas, that was not the case on Sunday night.

But “we”, HPCCR, did beat The Denver Hospice in the food challenge. We went all out, gave it everything we had, and yesterday we were finally awarded victory.

Here’s the breakdown:

HPCCR has approximately 470 full time employees and we donated the equivalent of 115,741 pounds of food, resulting in about 246 pounds of food per FTE. Over the course of the competition week, more than $13,000 was collected in cash donations; the rest collected was in food.

The Denver Hospice, an organization with 313 full time employees, collected 2,143 pounds of food – almost seven pounds per FTE.

In my humble opinion, that’s a sound win.

Yesterday I went to the Second Harvest Food Bank (our chosen donation recipient) to take pictures of our presentation of “the big check”. While there, I had the great fortune to speak with Kay Carter, Executive Director, and Lisa Marie Nisely, Community Development Coordinator. The work they do is absolutely awe-inspiring. There was food stacked everywhere; it’s hard to wrap your mind around the number of people they feed each day.

And here’s something I didn’t really know until just recently — while donations of food are still very helpful, cash donations are actually even better because Second Harvest’s purchasing power is so much stronger than yours or mine.  We might think we’re getting a good deal at the supermarket, but they’ve got partners who allow them to buy at cost. So our donations give Second Harvest the ability to help the community to the fullest extent — more so than the extra canned goods in our pantries. Their impact is massive. It’s fantastic.

So there you have it. I don’t know about you, but I feel somewhat vindicated by our dominating win. Just like the Carolina Panthers, this organization and this community has heart. We love a challenge and we keep pounding at it until victory is within our reach. Unfortunately, from a football perspective, the victory barely slipped out of grasp for the home team this year, but the food challenge went our way and we couldn’t be more proud.

Now where are our rings??

 

We want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to this challenge and helped us win — employees, vendors, partners, schools, communities of faith, neighborhoods, businesses, even other hospices in North Carolina. Your support was phenomenal and we are in your debt!  

 

 

 

 

Drop off food and help us win

February 2, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

Broncos vs Panthers Hospice spiritHere in the Carolinas, we are bona fide Panthers fanatics! We are so excited that our team is in the Super Bowl that we practically can’t stand it. After all, this game represents competition at its finest. And who doesn’t love a little competition??

Well, turns out HPCCR does. Because the gauntlet has been thrown all the way from Denver and we are up to the challenge. Raring to go. Oh, we are ALL IN!

Here’s the deal: The Denver Hospice and HPCCR will each collect as much food (and non-food items like dish detergent and shampoo) that they can until this Friday, February 5. The hospice that amasses the most items (measured by weight) per full time employee will win.

This is where you come in. YOU can help us win this friendly wager! Not to mention, you can also help us make a difference in our community. We will be taking donations of canned food or household items (list is below) at ANY of our locations between now and this Friday. The heavier the better (remember that weight measurement??) but we’ll take all your offerings! The Second Harvest Food Bank has been apprised of this competition and has kindly offered to come pick up our massive collection of goods at our locations.

Second Harvest is helping out another way too. If you prefer to make a cash/check/credit card donation instead of bringing in items, Second Harvest will give us ‘credit’ for seven pounds of food for every dollar donated.  If this option sounds like the way you want to go, please click here and select SUPER BOWL HOSPICE CHALLENGE where you are asked, “What brought you to the site today?”

It’s as simple as that. Now it’s time to rummage through your cabinets or go to the store and find the heaviest supplies you can (or pull out your credit card to donate).

Because you’ve heard the term “bury the competition”, right? Well, we are going to bury Denver Hospice. In a mountain of food. But, you know, we’ll do it friendly-like. With southern charm. We’ll take that gauntlet and mail it back to Denver with an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. Maybe a bag of grits.

And, oh yeah, GO PANTHERS!

 

Here’s the list of suggested items. Keep in mind, you can donate items that are not on this list as well:

Canned Meats
Chicken, turkey, ham, beef stew

Canned Fish
Tuna, mackerel, salmon

Canned Vegetables
Beans, corn, potatoes

Canned Fruits
Pears, apples, peaches

Other Items
Peanut butter, pasta, rice, deluxe macaroni & cheese, soup

Non-Food Items
Laundry and dish detergent, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, diapers