JONESVILLE — A recently developed food pantry meets community needs during the interim process of social service decision making, according to an official at Yadkin Valley Home Health.
Kim Holland, director of Nursing and Therapy Operations at Yadkin Valley Home Health, said home health workers discovered after going into the homes of new patients some were without food or resources.
They observed often it takes time for social service programs or other programs such as “meals on wheels” to be implemented and with the waiting period some people are going without.
Holland said a food pantry idea was born and later implemented at the home health center designed to meet that need.
In the past, Holland said staff members or others have bought food to help. The idea of the food pantry idea was developed to meet a important need for basics.
It is “a way to help for the short time,” said Holland.
In May, Yadkin Valley Home Health initially announced it would begin taking up food and received a good response from the community and hospital staff, said Holland.
Since, the business has kept the new food pantry stocked and plans to keep it for the long haul, she said.
Holland said college health care intern, Sarahi Govea, a rising senior at Appalachian State University, helped plan the project and was instrumental in getting it off the ground.
The director said Govea made contacts in Wilkes, Surry and Yadkin counties, researched guidelines, organized the food space and location, and developed worksheets for nurses and staff to track the pantry supply.
Holland said Govea’s is the first internship at Yadkin Valley Home Health and called it a “huge success.”
To qualify for the food pantry, persons must be home bound, have a physician’s order and have a skilled need, said Holland.
Yadkin Valley Home Health is a skilled home health agency for nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy and is located at 213 Winston Road in Jonesville.
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