OXFORD (September 28) – When state Senator Andy Dinniman visited the Divine Sent Food Cupboard in Oxford following a burglary this summer, he pledged to work with local companies to help replace items, including a computer, that were stolen.

This week, Senator Dinniman returned to the cupboard with representatives from Cerner Corporation, which donated two laptop computers and a large flat screen monitor.

In addition, Dinniman brought boxes of several dozen fresh apples donated by Mercedes Levis of Birchrunville, who harvested them from trees in her backyard.

“These are two important examples of giving back to the community,” Dinniman said. “We have a company that recognizes its responsibility to the community and stepped forward to help replace an important resource. And we have a local resident who saw an opportunity to help answer the call of those in need. I want to thank both Cerner Corp. and Ms. Levis for their support of the Divine Sent Food Cupboard.”

Pictured (from left to right) Food Cupboard volunteer Morgan Westwood holding her daughter Evie Westwood; Donna Moore, Director of Divine Sent Food Cupboard; Trinity Westwood, daughter of Morgan Westwood; Senator Dinniman; and Melissa Freeman, Government Strategist for Cerner Corp.

Pictured (from left to right) Food Cupboard volunteer Morgan Westwood holding her daughter Evie Westwood; Donna Moore, Director of Divine Sent Food Cupboard; Trinity Westwood, daughter of Morgan Westwood; Senator Dinniman; and Melissa Freeman, Government Strategist for Cerner Corp.

Located in Malvern, Cerner Corp. is a healthcare information technology company that develops technology and systems that connect more than 18,000 facilities worldwide.

“We are so pleased to contribute this equipment to help Donna and her wonderful staff at the Divine Sent Food Cupboard serve the nutritional needs of hundreds of area families. Cerner is thankful for this opportunity to be a part of enhancing the health of the community,” said Melissa Freeman, Government Strategist for Cerner.

Donna Moore, Director of the Divine Sent Food Cupboard, said the computers would go a long way in helping to fully restore the nonprofit’s operational capabilities, after burglars struck the facility in the early morning hours of June 8.

As a result of the burglary, two air conditioners, a computer with monitor and printer, an industrial fan, a microwave, and a commercial size stainless steel refrigerator were stolen. In addition, about 60 pounds of meat and other food was left to rot. All in all, more than $20,000 of damage was done during the burglary, during which the thieves literally smashed through the building’s back wall.

Since then, numerous individuals and local businesses have stepped forward to assist the food cupboard, which serves more than 600 local families in need each year, has almost fully recovered. In addition, security upgrades have been made to the facility and its exterior.

For more information on the Divine Sent Food Cupboard visit www.divinesent.org.

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