CHIPLEY - Team members from Emerald Coast Hospice will be canvassing the Chipley area throughout August, distributing food collection bags and gathering donations for the Shepherd’s Gate Church, one of many benefactors of Kindred’s 14th Annual Food Drive.

Emerald Coast Hospice is collecting food for Shepherd’s Gate Church to help support that organization’s work on behalf of individuals and families in the community unable to afford or access an adequate amount of food.

"Our caregivers often tap into community resources to best serve our patients and their families, so they know firsthand the demand for assistance placed upon food banks, pantries and other charitable organizations," said Sunshine Speers, Emerald Coast Hospice’s Clinical Hospice Specialist. "Making sure that the most basic component of good health, food, is available for those in need is the right thing to do for a healthcare company like Kindred at Home and for the community as a whole."

Emerald Coast Hospice Chipley Branch provides a full range of hospice services to patients in Washington and Holmes counties, as well as, in the Graceville area. The Chipley office is an affiliate of Kindred at Home, the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive home health and hospice services.

Kindred Hospice and Kindred at Home employees across the country are placing the food collection bags at healthcare and other facilities in their respective communities and will collect their "harvest" during the entire month of August. They are focused on beating the tally from last year, when the company’s annual food drive yielded more than 300,000 meals for donation to food banks and charitable organizations across the country.

To learn more about Emerald Coast Hospice in Chipley, call 850-638-8787 or visit the Kindred Hospice website at www.kindredhealthcare.com/our-services/hospice.