UE Nursing Students Plan Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017

The senior nursing students at the University of Evansville are currently sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Catalyst Church Food Pantry in Evansville. Donations of peanut butter and jelly and canned fruit in 100 percent juice are especially needed.

The students are also gathering donations of new or gently used socks and hygiene products such as baby wipes, bar soap, deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. 

On November 2, the UE nursing students will deliver the donations to the pantry. They will also have several booths set up from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the pantry with information on healthy food choices, good hygiene, nutrition, and how to read food labels. The students will also be giving vital sign checks. The public is invited to attend the event.

Each year, the senior nursing class at UE takes on a project that promotes good health in the community. This year, the class wanted to address the problem of food insecurity, and the inadequate amount of resources to provide basic needs, including medical care and food.

“People have to decide between food or utilities, food or transportation, medical care, housing, and bills,” explains UE nursing student Megan Dunn. “We are teaming up with the Catalyst Church Food Pantry due to their commitment to serving the food insecure of the population of Evansville. They will serve anyone who comes through the door, and they provide three meals a week per family.”

For more information on the project and how to donate to the drive, call 812-488-2343 or e-mail nursingproject2017@evansville.edu

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