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University of Southern Indiana Dental Hygiene Students Address Food Insecurity

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In order to continue offering hands-on service-learning activities and community service in a pandemic, the University of Southern Indiana Dental Hygiene Program contributed by working with the Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville, IN. The Tri-State Food Bank’s mission is to “improve the quality of life for our community's food insecure families and children by providing adequate food and nutrition through our network of local charities and organizations feeding the hungry.” 

Courtesy of University of Southern Indiana Dental Hygiene Program

Students completed pre-rotation activities learning about the issue of food insecurity and local area partners who use food from the food bank to supply their shelves to directly meet the need of the community. Dental hygiene students participated by preparing meal boxes for the “Senior Meal Program,” which offers a monthly box of non-perishable food items to those who qualify. Students also prepared bags for the “Weekend Backpack Food for Kids Program.” This program provides food to children who may not have enough food to eat over the weekend. This program is offered to local children in grades K-12 and is provided at no cost.

Courtesy of Lorinda Coan, M.S., RDH, Associate Professor, University of Southern Indiana Dental Hygiene Program

Published on March 10, 2021

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