Article featured in The News-Enterprise on September 2, 2021.
A group of State Farm Insurance agents in Elizabethtown have come together to support and recognize the “people that help make the community what it is.”
On Wednesday, the group had two food trucks, Juanito’s Street Tacos and The Lunchbox, set up in front of Baptist Health Hardin, providing free lunch to healthcare workers. All they had to do was show their staff identification.
Kim Bowen, RN, who was one of the several healthcare workers to take advantage of the food trucks, was appreciative and called what the group was doing a “nice gesture.”
Kim Church, a patient access coordinator at the hospital, who is going to school to be a respiratory therapist, said “it’s really nice.”
Joe Prather, Baptist Health Foundation Hardin board chairman, said the gesture by the local State Farm agents arrives when the Baptist Health Hardin staff needs a boost more than ever.
“They are valued and loved by this community. As the pandemic drags on, we hope this will inspire businesses, organizations and individuals to donate again to the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin COVID-19 Emergency Fund,” Prather said.
The State Farm agents involved were Neil Atcher, Jarred Butler, Kelly Ryan Cleaver, Rick Skeeters, Lance Taylor, Travis Thomas, Mike Wyman and Jarrod Swift.
Along with providing food to hospital staff, the group in the past has also set up food trucks for the Elizabethtown Police Department and donated funds to local nonprofits, such as Helping Hand of Hope.
“It’s a just a group of us coming together and doing different things for the community and recognizing those people that help make the community what it is,” Wyman said. “It’s that good neighbor thing we’re trying to spread.”
The group began its mission last year. Wyman said the goal is to do one event a month as a group to help the community. This month, they did that by supporting the healthcare staff at Baptist Health Hardin with free lunch.
“Knowing that these people are really under a lot of stress. … We can at least give them a free lunch so it’s one thing they don’t have to worry about,” Wyman said.
Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.