Saturday, August 2, 2014

An Every Day Hero at The Hill

Photo Courtesy of The Hill School
Mary Koss, center, was recently recognized for her service as a volunteer to Meals on Wheels and donated the $5,000 check she received from the Sodexo Corp. to the program. With her are her former supervisor Josh Konoza, left, and Ruth Hood, program director for the Western Montgomery Family Services' Meals on Wheels. 

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by The Hill School.

For nearly eight years Mary Koss of Pottstown has spent two hours each Monday driving to homes delivering meals to elderly Pottstown residents. 

During that same time, she has been an employee with Sodexo, the company that provides the dining services for The Hill School. 

Earlier this year, Mary’s former supervisor, Josh Konoza, nominated her for the Sodexo Foundation’s Hero of Every Day Life award for her dedicated service to Meals on Wheels.
To her surprise, Mary was selected as one of five Sodexo employees in the country to be recognized as a 2014 Hero of Every Day Life. 

In June, she was recognized at the annual Sodexo Foundation Dinner in Washington, D.C., which raised $1.8 million to support the Sodexo Foundation’s work to help combat childhood hunger.

As part of this honor, Mary received a $5,000 grant to be awarded to a charity of her choice. 

Last week, on The Hill School campus, Mary presented a check to Ruth Hood, the program director for the Western Montgomery County Family Services’ Meals on Wheels. 

The money will used to support the Meals on Wheels programs and services that benefit thousands of local residents.

In addition to her weekly Monday visits, Mary also fills in for other volunteers, happily taking on additional shifts as her schedule permits. 

Her bright smile brings cheer to those she visits, many who are homebound and may not have family in the area. Mary says she enjoys the ride and always “makes sure people are comfortable” when she brings them their meals.

A very humble Mary noted that she does not want attention for herself for this award, but rather wants others to know about the work done by the Sodexo Foundation. 

The mission of the Foundation is “to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life.”

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