Vernon Rice Memorial HOLIDAY Turkey Program
Photo courtesy of Homewood Photography
We wish to thank all members of the Hopkins community who participated in the Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program. Thanks to your generosity, we far exceeded our goal to provide families in need with a healthy holiday food basket for Thanksgiving and the December holidays Through our partnership with Saint Anthony of Padua Church, this holiday season more than 6,000 pounds of food was provided to 275 families who received a food basket containing a fresh turkey and vegetables from local and free range farms.
View this short video to see the smiles and healthy meals.
About Vernon Rice
Every day since 1976 at the end of his shift as a maintenance mechanic for the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus vehicle fleet, Vernon Rice stopped by St. Anthony of Padua Church to pick up five to fifteen messages from people in the community who needed food, prescriptions filled, financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility shut-offs, or counseling. In 1993, after personally visiting hundreds of families each year, Vernon Rice decided to find a way to provide holiday dinners to families in difficult economic circumstances. He felt sure that Hopkins employees would be willing to donate food to those in need.
Meeting with Judy Peregoff, then director of the Johns Hopkins Human Resources Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs (FSRP), the two developed a plan to provide Butterball Turkey gift certificates to families. The certificates, good for a turkey or other food items, would be distributed in time for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. Peregoff's office would solicit donations and administer the program while Rice would provide a list of families in need.
Mr. Rice passed away on December 2, 2001. His son, Sam Rice, an HVAC technician at Hopkins, and other family members helped the former Faculty, Staff and Retiree Program maintain the partnership with church staff so that families in need received food during the holidays.
Mr. Rice worked for Hopkins for eighteen years and received the 1995 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service. A record 85 certificates were delivered the year Mr. Rice died.
Details for the 2013 Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program will be available in October 2013.
For more information, please contact Brandi Monroe Payton at email@example.com or 443-997-7000.