Nursing students examine the issue of hunger
On Tuesday, November 11, students from the Division of Nursing made a difference in the lives of thousands of Long Islanders who are experiencing hunger. As part of their community health rotation, the students volunteered their time at Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank. In addition to donating food and supplies, they sorted donations and repacked the items for programs aimed at providing nutrition for Long Islanders who are experiencing hunger, poverty or food insecurity.
To raise awareness surrounding the issues of hunger, the students participated in a role-playing program called "Hunger 101: To Walk in the Shoes of a Person in Need". Each student received a written profile with information about his or her new identity, income and available resources similar to that of a person at risk of hunger. These identities varied from being a senior on a fixed income, a single parent dependent on public assistance, the victim of job loss, an undocumented immigrant or the survivor of a natural disaster. The students were able to experience the realities of hunger issues, difficulties applying for assistance and were able to develop potential opportunities to respond actively and appropriately in our community.