Nutrition Class Donates to Food Bank

Students in HLTH 150 Nutrition for Health and Wellness, taught by Janice Clark, associate professor of health science, conducted a food drive Oct. 1-7 as their course service project.

The class raised $1,804.31, as well as 193 jars of peanut butter and two large boxes of food. The money and food were donated to the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, with the proceeds to directly benefit the Buddy Pack program and the three food pantries in Adair County.  

The project was a service-learning requirement for Clark’s course. Students were challenged to raise more than the $1,200 collected by the 2011 Nutrition class. On the Truman campus, the HLTH 150 students worked at multiple tables Oct. 1-5, asked their peers to donate the money they might have spent on coffee or a soda, and collected more than $500. They also asked for donations at the entrances of the Kirksville Hy-Vee Food Store Oct. 6-7, raising nearly $1,300.

Mike DiSantis, regional coordinator from the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, accepted the money and food donations Oct. 16.