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1/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Zoup! opens in Montrose Centre

FAIRLAWN — The Zoup! Fresh Soup Co. is having a grand opening today, Jan. 17, at a new location in the Montrose Centre, 3900 Medina Road, Suite W.

It is the second franchise for Maureen Harris, who opened her first restaurant in North Canton last year.

As part of its grand-opening celebration, Zoup! hosted a pre-opening fundraising event Jan. 16 to benefit area high schools. For a $5 donation, guests could enjoy a bowl of soup, bread and a fountain drink, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to local schools.

According to company officials, Zoup! features hundreds of award-winning soups with 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free and low-points options. Dine-in and carryout options are available. Sampling is encouraged.

Founded in 1998, Zoup! has grown its network of franchises to nearly 40 restaurants throughout the eastern United States and Canada.

“We are excited to bring the Zoup! brand and culture to Akron,” said Harris. “The wide variety of healthy choices, including soups, salads and sandwiches, provide a great dining alternative for our community.”

The new restaurant will employ approximately 17 full- and part-time team members and is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For details, call 330-622-4300 or visit www.zoup.com or www.zoupfranchise.com. Online ordering is offered.

Nurses offer families health assistance

NORTON — Health Assist Specialists LLC (HAS), has announced the opening of a new health assistance business that will serve clients in Summit County and adjacent areas.

The new business is jointly owned and operated by two sisters, Julie Harris, RN, and Bonnie Pepperney, LPN.

“As professional health care advocates, we are committed to provide clear communication, intervention and support on our clients’ behalf with doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, therapies, specialists, insurers and community agencies,” said Harris.

Pepperney added, “For those helping their elderly parents, trying to work and take care of their families, we offer a service that will provide them peace of mind, solution options for frustrating issues or situations and reduce their time away from work.”

Some of HAS’s services include consultation, an initial health and wellness assessment, a personalized medical history and an emergency health record. HAS professionals will accompany clients to medical appointments and therapies and stay with their clients during procedures and testing. An updated letter/email will be sent to the family designee after appointments. HAS also provides hospital and nursing home navigation, as well as emergency consultation.

With 60 years of combined experience, Harris and Pepperney said they realize that people who are ill are usually not in the position to advocate for themselves, and their family members often don’t understand what is happening to their loved ones.

For more details, visit www.HealthAssistSpecialists.com, visit the company on LinkedIn or contact it by email at julie@healthassistspecialists.com or bonnie@healthassistspecial ists.com or by calling 330-703-4017 or 330-608-1097.

Kaiser Permanente continues partnership with Foodbank

Becky Conley and Jennifer Prather, of Kaiser Permanente, display a sample of a Kid Power Pack with a cardboard cutout of “Kate.” Kate represents the many food-insecure children in the Foodbank’s service region, according to Foodbank officials.
Photo courtesy of Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Kaiser Permanente Ohio has awarded a Thriving Communities Grant of $15,000 to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to work toward alleviating childhood hunger in Summit County.

This donation will help provide children with regular access to safe and nutritious food through the Foodbank’s Kid Power Pack program, according to Foodbank officials.

Kid Power Packs are nutritional, prepacked meals that food-insecure children are given in a backpack when they leave school over the weekends. In the Foodbank’s eight-county service area, approximately 84,000 children experience food insecurity, according to Foodbank officials. Due to the partnership with Kaiser Permanente, 30,000 meals will be distributed through this program before the end of the 2012-13 school year.

During the 2011-12 year, the Foodbank distributed more than 16,000 meals to children struggling with hunger by launching the Kid Power Pack program in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, Keith and Linda Monda and the Millennium Fund for Children of the Akron Community Foundation. This school year, the Foodbank plans to double the amount of meals distributed to children by continuing these partnerships.

“The Foodbank is always looking for innovative ways, like the Kid Power Packs, to fight hunger,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Foodbank. “We are proud to work with partners in our community like Kaiser Permanente, who support these initiatives.”

Kid Power Packs are assembled by Foodbank volunteers and contain a variety of children-friendly, easy-to-open items like cereal or trail mix that follow nutritional guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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