National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems

Jeff Piefke
General Manager, VitalChek Network, Inc.

Jeff Piefke was inspired to organize a Cares project during the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) / CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) joint annual meeting in New Orleans.

"When I learned that NAPHSIS was sponsoring the Second Harvest Food Bank at this year's conference in New Orleans, I wanted to do something special to show our support," said VitalChek General Manager Jeff Piefke. "We decided to forego our usual customer event and instead provide the conference attendees with a tangible way of giving back to the local community in a fun but meaningful way."

With that in mind, VitalChek partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, an organization whose mission is to lead the fight against hunger in south Louisiana through food distribution, advocacy, education and disaster response. The conference attendees rose to the occasion, packing enough boxes to feed 150 families. In addition to packing food boxes, more than $4,000 was raised for help further the cause. These donations provided 16,764 meals to people in Louisiana, making an important difference in a state where one in eight people is struggling with hunger.