RCMC Sponsoring Event To Help Feed Local School Children


LEBANON, Va. (February 9, 2012) - Russell County Medical Center, along with United Way of Russell and Washington Counties, will host an event for  “Backpacks Unite United For A Healthier Tomorrow” on Saturday, February 18, 2012. The event will include a special guest, dinner, live music and an auction to support this new program.

Today there are many children in the area who do not receive the proper nutrition to succeed in school. Backpacks Unite is a program that was launched to take action against child hunger and improve students’ learning ability in the classroom. As many as 220 students in 11 Russell County schools receive nutritious prepared food over the weekend throughout the entire school year for just $180 per child.

Russell County Medical Center will present hundreds of jars of peanut butter, collected by hospital team members. RCMC has also donated approximately 250 backpacks to support the program.

“Approximately 80 percent of Russell County Medical Center team members live in Russell County,” said hospital assistant vice president/administrator Eddie Greene, who serves on the local United Way board. “Our team members see first-hand the effect that insufficient nutrition has on the children in our schools, and participating in this peanut butter drive was the way they chose to help.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Russell County Conference Center, 139 Highland Drive, Lebanon. Tickets are $15 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance by February 10th, e-mail info@rwcunitedway.org or call 276-628-2160. All proceeds go to feed hungry students in Russell County Schools.

Event sponsors include Russell County Medical Center, Dickenson-Russell Coal Company LLC and CrestPoint Health.

Please visit RWCUNITEDWAY.ORG to learn more.

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