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Chiropractic clinic, spa team up to feed the hungry

By December 30, 2011

Dr. Steve Long stands with some of the food donated by community members on HOPE Day. Courtesy photo

Town Center Family Chiropractic and Asante Spa teamed up for their annual fundraiser — HOPE Day — earlier last month, bringing in more that 1,200 pounds of food.

The Helping Other People Eat event benefitted the Food Bank of El Dorado County.

“The first year we had HOPE Day we raised close to 200 pounds of food. Now in our sixth year of doing this we raised over 1,200 pounds,” said Dr. Steve Long, who offered chiropractic adjustments and new client evaluations in exchange for non perishable food items.

Those bringing donations were also treated to a chair massage was offered by three certified massage therapists from Asante Spa.

The food bank serves thousands of meals to hungry El Dorado County residents throughout the year. “Eighty percent of our budget comes directly from the community; the remaining 20 percent comes from grants and state programs,” according to Executive Director Mike Sproull.

The food bank provides food assistance on a daily basis in partnership with more than 40 local emergency food response agency sites including battered women’s shelters, senior centers, local food pantries, underprivileged youth programs, youth shelters, soup kitchens, maternity homes and more.

In 2009  volunteers, financial supporters, product donors and charity networks made it possible for the food bank to distribute more than $2.5 million of food to the hungry of El Dorado County.

“When a good idea meets a loving community great things can happen’” said Long.

Special to Village Life

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