A simple conversation between two friends resulted in a service project to help feed hungry families in Stark County. Cindy Trompower, manager of Mercy Retail Services, and Amy Weisbrod, executive director of Stark County Hunger Task Force, talked about how they would like to work together on a food drive. Trompower said she could offer a promotion at the hospital retail shops – Mercy Gift Shop, Mercy Boutique and Mercy Images uniform shop – where customers could receive 25 percent off an item of choice for bringing in a food donation.
Shawn Loibl, Mercy Security Department, Amy Weisbrod, executive director of Stark County Hunger Task Force, and Cindy Trompower, manager of Mercy Retail Services, load a second van with food donations.
The two friends worked together on a flyer and advertising the promotion, which ran through November – Hunger Awareness Month. Customers responded. Two vans filled with food were donated to Stark County Hunger Task Force.
“This was the first year we offered this promotion,” said Trompower. “We filled one van before Thanksgiving and a second after the end of the month. Stark County Hunger Task Force is always in need of food donations, and it is a great joint venture for the community.”
Trompower hopes to make this an annual tradition. Stark County Hunger Task Force has two dozen food pantries across Stark County and serves over 22,000 people a month, according to their website. For more information, visit www.starkhunger.org.