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Businesses volunteer to help feed seniors

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SPRING HOPE — Employees at First Citizens Bank were the first to roll up their sleeves and help with a new program in which businesses deliver meals to seniors.

“We are so appreciative of the dedication and compassion First Citizens Bank has demonstrated. We look forward to more of our local businesses joining our program and supporting their community,” said Wendy W. Perry, the senior services coordinator for the Recreation and Senior Services Department at the Nash County Senior Center.

The program, known as Businesses Empowering Seniors Together, or BEST, is designed to encourage local businesses to get involved in their community and partner with the Nash County Home-Delivered Meals program in delivering lunchtime meals to senior adults. Businesses participating in the program allow their employees time to deliver meals on one of 10 routes, Perry said.

“By doing this, employees that volunteer help support these routes to assure meals are delivered to homebound senior adults,” Perry said. “Local businesses also benefit in supporting their community by building relationships and networking with other businesses (and) team-building, which enables better communication and relationships as well as increases productivity and morale. Simply put, it’s a win-win.”

First Citizens employees agreed to deliver meals for both of Spring Hope’s routes, which are the routes currently most in need of volunteers.

Perry said volunteers trained the bank employees on the program’s policies and procedures, and introduced them to the grateful residents the program serves.

For more information about the BEST program, call 252-459-1367.