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Mission Hospital fights hunger

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Mission Children’s Hospital is the first children’s hospital in the world to establish a chapter of Kids Against Hunger, a nonprofit that delivers food to needy children in more than 40 countries.

The Asheville hospital is hosting area youth groups two Saturdays a month to assemble packages of nutritious dry food to send to hungry children in the U.S. and abroad.

During the first session Feb. 21, young people prepared 5,600 meals to send to the Shoulder to Shoulder clinics in the mountains of Honduras.

Mission Hospital also received a $1 million grant for research on computerized patient records from the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Technology Research Center.

The center, a Fort Detrick, Md.-based hospital group under the U.S. Department of Defense, aims to research ways to improve care at military hospitals worldwide.

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