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Munroe Regional Employees Donate 3,042 lbs of Food for the "Bring the Harvest Home" Food Drive

Ocala, FL - October 19, 2011

This morning, Munroe Regional Medical Center’s employees donated 3,042 lbs of food and a $300 check to Interfaith as part of the community wide “Bring the Harvest Home” food drive.  Over the past week, Munroe Regional held an organization wide food drive to help replenish the depleted food pantries in Marion County.  

“As Marion County’s community hospital we felt it was a perfect fit with our mission to participate in “Bring the Harvest Home” food drive,” said Steve Purves, President & CEO of Munroe Regional.  “I’m so very proud of Munroe Regional’s family of caregivers and support personnel who contributed food and essential items during this critical time of need in our community.  Once again they have stepped up to the plate and represented Munroe Regional and our community so well.”

On Oct. 4, 2011, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners launched a 21-day food drive called “Bring the Harvest Home” to help re-stock these depleted food pantries and provide aid for Marion County’s most needy residents. According to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners website, local food pantries have seen requests for grocery assistance increase by up to 44 percent since this summer. The spike has coincided with a dwindling supply of donations, leaving area pantries in a dire spot and vulnerable to not being able to assist area residents.

For more information please contact Ryan Gerds, Public Information Officer, at 402-5206.

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About Munroe Regional Medical Center
Munroe Regional Medical Center is a locally owned, not-for-profit, acute care community hospital located in Ocala, Florida. Munroe Regional has been serving the residents of Marion County and surrounding communities for 113-years. The medical center has 421 licensed beds, 2,600 associates, 450 physicians and 1,600 volunteers.  Munroe Regional admits over 24,000 patients each year, treats over 99,000 in three emergency departments, and sees another 51,000 for other outpatient needs. Munroe Regional’s mission is to improve the health of our community by delivering compassionate, innovative care through exceptional people doing extraordinary works.  Munroe Regional is located at 1500 SW 1st Ave, Ocala, Florida. Website address is Main telephone number is (352) 351-7200.

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