Women’s Resource Group Raises $500 for the Department of Children’s Services During Lunchbox Recipe Swap

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The 2019 Lunchbox Recipe Swap benefited the Department of Children’s Services. Attendees enjoyed food items that were appropriate for lunch or quick pick-up items. (Photo by Vanessa Cunningham/UTHSC)

The Women’s Resource Group at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center raised $500 for the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) during its third-annual Recipe Swap this month.

Each year, the group hosts a themed recipe swap to benefit a local charity. This year, funds raised will be used to purchase gifts for children who enter DCS custody after December 1, when most organizations have concluded their philanthropic donation period. In 2018, there were 14 children brought into custody after that date.

For the last two years, the group has hosted  a holiday-themed recipe swap in the fall.  Members prepared holiday specialties and provided the recipes for tasting. The group has raised a total of $1940 from previous recipe swap efforts. This year, the recipe swap had a lunch box theme that featured items appropriate for lunch or quick pick-up items.

Women’s Resource Group member Elaine Robinson, serves a recipe swap attendee at this year’s event. (Photo by Vanessa Cunningham/UTHSC)

“Overall, the recipe swap has been a hit with our members and the campus,” said  Chandra Alston, EdD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, associate vice chancellor of Human Resources and organizer of the women’s group. “Our goal is to check with everyone regarding next year’s theme to see what we might ‘cook up.’ The charity that we will focus on next year is Literacy Mid-South.”

The Women’s Resource Group reorganized in 2019 in an attempt to provide more streamlined access to members and information. A listserv was designed to provide direct access to those interested in receiving communication and participating in the planning and execution of events Interested parties  may contact Human Resources at hr@uthsc.edu to have your email address added to the listserv.