744! That is the number of older residents in the tri-state area who will receive monthly 30-pound boxes of non-perishable food items packed by the University of Southern Indiana (USI) Dental Hygiene Class of 2023.
Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy life. It is associated with numerous social and health outcomes and is considered a critical public health issue. Food insecurity in Indiana has reached a staggering 10.8%.
Students in the USI Dental Hygiene Program learned about the concept of food insecurity and then participated in a service-learning activity with the local
Tri-State Food Bank. The students became part of the solution to food insecurity by preparing food boxes to reach the underserved in the tri-state area.
of Lorinda Coan, M.S., RDH, University of Southern Indiana, Dental Hygiene and
Dental Assisting Programs
on November 9, 2022