For the eighth year, Ross Medical Education Center’s campuses came together to host a food drive throughout the month of March. The Ross community as a whole is invested in helping out individual communities whenever possible, and the annual food drive is the perfect opportunity for students and staff to make a difference. This year, the campuses worked together to collect more than 7,000 food items.
Struggling with hunger is an issue that roughly 42 million Americans face. Especially in economically distressed areas, there is an increasing number of families who don’t have access to the food they need. This is why it’s important for Ross students and staff to come together to support their communities.
Each campus is encouraged to select a local organization, like a food bank, ministry, or shelter, to receive donations collected during the food drive. While each campus collected items for different organizations, they all worked together to achieve a common goal: to combat hunger in their communities.
Many students find this issue close to their hearts, including Dayna Iseler, Port Huron Medical Assistant student. “I’ve been in that situation before and I know what it is like. Now that I’m in a position to help, I’m going to as much as I can,” shared Dayna.
Cory Ward, Career Development Representative in Kokomo, IN, added, “I’m thankful to be a part of a campus that is so quick to help community members and local food pantries.”
Without the compassion and empathy of the students and staff across the Ross community, events like this one wouldn’t be possible. An impressive 7,000 food items were collected this year, and next year’s food drive promises to be even better.
Thanks to the Ross community, the following charitable organizations received donations collected during this year’s all-campus food drive:
Hope Clinic, Bountiful Harvest, Open Door Ministries, Freestore Food Bank, Outreach East, Good Neighbor House, Second Harvest Food Bank, Be Concerned, Patchwork Central, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Northern Indiana Food Bank, Aaron Mcneil House, North Alabama Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes, Family Network of Wyoming, Kokomo Urban Outreach, St. Anne’s Church, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Open Hands Food Pantry of Royal Oak, Shelterhouse of Midland, Christian Help Morgantown, St. Mary Queen of Creation Food Pantry, Akron Canton Regional Food Bank, Salvation Army of Mansfield, Crossroads Homeless Shelter, Mid City Nutrition Soup Kitchen, United Way, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the Toledo Food Bank.