Gannon University Students Donate To Second Harvest Food Bank
Posted: November 19, 2013
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but baskets full of
apples drew a crowd of aspiring physician assistants.
They were students from all sections of the first seminar of
Gannon University's physician assistant (PA) program, and they
experienced the link between good health and good nutrition
first-hand with a two-part service-learning project.
The first part involved Goodwill Gardens, an urban garden
initiative at Gannon's West Hall, a residence hall on W. Sixth St.
Goodwill Gardens is a collaborative effort between University's
Erie- Gannon Alliance to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability
(Erie-GAINS) initiative, faculty members, facilities department
staff and volunteer labor coordinated by the service-learning
After a fall harvest that yielded more than 600 pounds of
vegetables and herbs for inner city food pantries, the PA students
got their hands dirty mending fences and preparing the garden's
raised beds for the chilly months ahead.
Fifteen miles away from Gannon's urban campus, students went to
a farm and orchard in Fairview, Pa. to glean apples and pears--486
pounds of them--for donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of
Northwest Pennsylvania. Last year, Second Harvest distributed 11.4
million pounds of food to 285 member agencies and 135 distribution
sites for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for low-income
seniors in 11 in northwest Pennsylvania counties.
Heather Adams and Carrie Knox, both assistant professors in the
PA program, coordinated the project with the assistance of Gretchen
Fairley, director of service-learning.
"In completing these projects, we hope that the students realize
what an enormous need there is for providing food to families who
are less fortunate," Knox said. "We also hope that they had some
fun doing the work and made some friends along the way."