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Spring Break = A Time for Students to Help Others

Posted by Julie Cerney Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Nursing students moving food and toiletries to a new, larger location for the Nebraska Methodist College's Food Pantry, stocked with non-perishable grocery items for students in need.

Even while on spring break this week, NMC nursing students were still learning, helping others and making a difference. It was a busy time for students involved in service learning activities in the community and on campus. 

"As part of being a Nebraska Methodist College student nurse," said Trisha Baker, "we had the opportunity to participate in an Omaha immersion course to address the issue of food deserts and food insecurity."

On campus, one team of students moved the NMC Food Pantry, which is stocked with toiletries, paper products and non-perishable grocery items for students in need, to its new home on the lower level of the Jean Beyer Alumni Center. (shown above)

Afterward, Trisha wrote, "As a mother, I understand what it means to a parent to not have to worry about how your children are going to eat. Being a part of taking that worry off the minds of the students who are parents so they are able to concentrate on their studies was a very humbling experience."  

Three of the students who worked on the NMC Community Garden this week to preparing the ground for spring planting.

Another team of nursing students worked on the NMC Community Garden, located to the west of Josie's Village, to prepare the ground for spring planting. (shown above)

Out in the greater Omaha community, students gave their time and labor to work on other community gardens. They also volunteered at the Open Door Mission, helping to put together more than 1,700 backpack meals for children in need.

Learn more about NMC's community outreach to deepen both community impact and student learning through the Center for Health Partnerships

Topics: nurse education, community outreach, service learning, student spotlight

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