Iredell Health Nurses Support PowerCross & Local Youth With Food Drive
Statesville, NC

Hundreds of boxes, cans, and bags of food were collected by the nursing staff of Iredell Health System to help local youth. The nurses collected the food to donate to Power Cross, a faith-based organization in Statesville which provides academic support, athletics, and more for boys and young men in the community. 

The nursing staff was inspired to give to Power Cross after a community service event earlier this year. 

"Our nursing directors spent an evening feeding meals to the young men and their families and learning about the work Power Cross is doing," said Dr. Heather Leeper, Assistant Vice President of Nursing for Iredell Health System. "We were so impressed with Power Cross that we wanted to find a way to help on a bigger scale." 

Power Cross uses the draw of athletics to connect with youth, while providing homework assistance, mentorship and meals to the young men and their families. Every activity includes a spiritual component, like prayer or bible study. Power Cross provides an average of 500 meals a week to participants during the school year and serves even more meals during the summer break.

“All of our boys are athletes with growing appetites and are still developing so it is imperative that we are able to provide nutritious snacks and meals to them daily. The donation from the Iredell food drive has helped us immensely with making sure that we have enough food for the boys to eat and be satisfied. The cost of food is one of the biggest expenses for Power Cross and we are very grateful to the nurses of Iredell Health System for coming together to provide us with such a blessing.” -- Brandice Ramsey, assistant to the directors at Power Cross

Leeper said the food collected during the drive filled three, 45-gallon containers.

“I’m proud of our staff for their wonderful response to this project,” said Leeper. “Our mission at Iredell Health System is to ‘inspire wellbeing — together,’ and that mission applies to anyone we can help, from our patients to the community as a whole.” 

To learn more about Power Cross, visit or call 704-380-3001 for information on donations.