Onslow Memorial Hospital & United Way taking donations to fight child hunger

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina hospital is asking the community to donate food for a program providing students facing food insecurity meals on the weekends.

Onslow Memorial Hospital is teaming up with United Way of Onslow County to fight childhood hunger. On April 23rd, the hospital will be hosting CHEW! – Children Eating on Weekends food drive and pack-out event for Every Kid Healthy Week.

They are asking for donations of nonperishable items to be dropped off in the Onslow Memorial Hospital’s main lobby. The hospital says it will be taking donations until April 22nd for their CHEW! event and United Ways CHEW! program.

Officials say they aim to pack 750 backpacks for students at 38 schools.

Items needed include:

  • 1500 cans of meat (chili, Vienna sausages, canned tuna, canned chicken)
  • 750 packs of ramen
  • 750 fruits (applesauce, canned fruit)
  • 750 kinds of pasta (Mac and Cheese Cups, Single Serve Pasta dishes)
  • 1500 breakfast items (pop-tarts, oatmeal, single-serve cereal)
  • 1500 snacks (individual packages of cookies, fruit snacks, individual popcorn bags, etc.)
  • 750 cans of vegetables

“Data published in the most recent State of the County Health Report concluded that 13.4% of adults and children in Onslow County are considered food insecure,” says Senior Vice President of Patient Advocacy/Compliance Officer at Onslow Memorial Hospital Erin Tallman.

For large food donations, the hospital says to call Shelly Kieweg, Community Impact Director at (910) 347-2646 or email [email protected].