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Mercy volunteers dish out to help out

Mercy-Food-Program-Thumbnail.jpgThey say the greatest wealth is health and Mercy Hospital (Mercy) employees couldn’t agree more. Melissa Skahan, vice president of Mission Integration at Mercy, helped provide opportunities for employees to partner with the volunteers at the Wayside Food Program in Portland. As part of Wayside’s hunger relief programming, employees from Mercy’s Portland Surgical Associates and the Mercy Care Management Team helped prepare meals on two different occasions in April and May for more than 100 people at the Westbrook Community Center. In June, staff from Mercy’s Medical Oncology group served a meal to more than 75 people at Hope GateWay on High Street in Portland. Mercy employees agreed that the opportunity to prepare and serve meals to those in the community was a privilege and worthwhile volunteer experience.

Wayside has been increasing access to nutritious food for those in need in Southern Maine since 1986. Its hunger relief efforts include: community meals, mobile food pantries, a healthy snacks program for kids, and community gardens (