QMG candy buy back nets 387 pounds for U.S. troops

Posted: Nov. 16, 2012 11:19 am Updated: Nov. 30, 2012 12:15 pm

Quincy Medical Group Healthcare Foundation was able to buy back more Halloween candy than it originally anticipated it would.

The project, part of the QMG's recent 75th anniversary celebration and its fight against childhood obesity, bought back 387 pounds of candy. The original goal was 75 pounds.

Through numerous individual donations, a large donation from Sam's Club in Quincy and in partnership with AppleWhite Dental of Quincy, the Halloween Candy Buy Back program became a reality -- and a success.

"Quincy Medical Group understands the importance of partnering with businesses within our community in order to fulfill our mission of improving the health status of the people we serve," said Hannah McNeff, community wellness coordinator at QMG. "The partnership with AppleWhite Dental of Quincy for this initiative is a true testament of how working together can make a major impact on the childhood obesity epidemic in our area."

All candy collected was sent to U.S. troops serving overseas through Operation Gratitude, a service specializing in sending care packages to the U.S. Military.

"We loved being a part of this service opportunity that thanks our troops and benefits our community," said Dr. Kirk Juhasz, a dentist at AppleWhite Dental.