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ETSU nutrition students fight hunger

Nutrition students at Bucky's Pantry

 JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 20, 2013) — East Tennessee State University’s Department of Allied Health Sciences students studying in the nutrition program have spent the fall semester examining hunger in the community and working on projects to help ease the problem.

            Graduate students hosted a free screening of the film “A Place at the Table” to increase public awareness of poverty, hunger and nutrition-related issues faced by those living with insufficient food on a daily basis.

            Undergraduates explored food insecurity and how it affects nutritional intake and health in general. After volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, they decided to focus on the people immediately around them by conducting a month-long food collection project for Bucky’s Food Pantry, a resource for ETSU students, staff and faculty in need.

            The Student Dietetic Association sponsored the food drive by setting up a competition among classes taught by each of the teachers in the program. A total of 250 items were collected and donated to the Food Pantry.

            For further information, contact Beth Lowe, an assistant professor in the nutrition program, at (423) 439-7537 or