The Kent State University College of Public Health announces its second annual food drive to benefit the Kent Social Serviceâ€™s food pantry â€“ The Lordâ€™s Pantry.
â€œWe are thrilled to once again be able to offer the community an opportunity to give back,â€ said Sonia Alemagno, Ph.D., dean of Kent Stateâ€™s College of Public Health. â€œWe welcome the opportunity to contribute in our own backyard.â€
The food drive is organized by graduate students enrolled in the Public Health Programs: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation class (HPM 53007) taught by College of Public Health Assistant Professor Deric Kenne, Ph.D.
â€œStudents participating in the course get a real-world, hands-on experience in planning, implementing and evaluating a public health program,â€ Kenne said. â€œAt the same time, students are able to contribute to the community.â€
Donations will be collected through a community bag drop. The project hopes to add to last yearâ€™s success that resulted in more than 4,000 food and personal care item donations â€“ the food pantryâ€™s largest one-time donation.
On Tuesday, April 2, Kent State students and volunteers will distribute paper bags donated by the ACME grocery store in Franklin Township to the Kent community. Residents who receive a bag are asked to donate any non-perishable food and personal care items to support the food drive.
Students and volunteers will return to the same areas of Kent on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. to collect the bags of donated goods and deliver them to the food pantry. Residents who receive a donation bag are asked to leave their bag of donated items in front of their home in a location visible from the street. All donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
For residents who do not receive a bag but would still like to contribute, donations may be taken directly to Kent Social Services at 1066 S. Water Street through April 6.
â€œLast spring, the food drive was supported by the city, the media and other community members,â€ Kenne said. â€œWe want to build on those relationships this year to further raise awareness of the project and the need it helps to fill in the community.â€
For more information about Kent Stateâ€™s College of Public Health, visit www.kent.edu/publichealth.
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A Kent State student gathers food and supplies during the College of Public Healthâ€™s annual food drive. Donations for this yearâ€™s food drive will be collected through a community bag drop.
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