For the second year, the Mansfield University/ Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital senior nursing class participated in a service learning project at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Elmira, NY under the direction of Mansfield University nursing faculty members Professor Christine Varner, Dr. Ellen Reynolds, and Dr. Fred Farley. These students, enrolled in the community health nursing course, and their faculty spent the day at the Food Bank where they served as volunteers, sorting and repacking food and other donated items that are eventually distributed to those in need. In addition to volunteering, students and faculty participated in the “Hunger 101” simulation exercise run by the Food Bank staff. This exercise required them to make critical decisions about purchasing the most healthy food choices possible for their simulated “families”, within a very restricted budget. This activity provided an opportunity for students to better understand the needs of families in the area who struggle with providing adequate food resources for their families. Not only did the students have an opportunity to learn about community members in need of adequate food resources, but, the students were also able to give back to our community through their volunteer service. Great work to these nursing students!
The group during their volunteer day at the Food Bank