Lutheran Health Network Associates Help Alleviate Holiday Hunger (PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The associates of Lutheran Health Network donated nearly 2,300 turkeys to Community Harvest Food Bank to provide holiday meals to neighbors in need.

Lutheran Health Network’s Christmas gifts to all employees were 15-pound turkeys valued at $16.50 each. Employees also had the option to donate theirs to the food bank.

“Life-changing care can be delivered in many ways and for us it often extends beyond the four walls of our facilities,” said Brian Bauer, CEO, Lutheran Health Network. “The vital needs Community Harvest works to fulfil exist year-round, so we hope this effort helps inspire others to do what they can to support the fight against hunger. Whether it’s a canned food drive led by our nurses or the donation of a turkey that could have just as easily ended up on their own dinner table, LHN associates have a knack for placing the needs of others before their own.”

Jane Avery, Community Harvest’s Executive Director expressed, “Community Harvest Food Bank is so appreciative of the generosity and genuine expression of Christmas spirit demonstrated by the associates of Lutheran Health Network through their donation of turkeys. Our network of member agencies and those we all serve are deeply moved and are so thankful. These turkeys will ensure that our neighbors in need, many of whom face daunting medical issues and accompanying costs, will be able to have a fantastic turkey dinner in their homes this Christmas!”

All turkeys have been distributed to Community Harvest’s network of more than 400 member agencies just in time for the holidays.

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