UF Students Partner With YMCA’s Feed-A-Child Program to Help Hancock County Children
University of Findlay’s Physician Assistant Student Society (PASS) came together over the weekend to pack meals for the YMCA’s Feed-A-Child Program. Each Feed-A-Child bag includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that are easy for children to prepare. In total, more than 20 students came together to pack hundreds of bags for the program. An average of 580 meals are sent out each week to students attending local Hancock County schools.
Abigail Allen, DMSc, UF Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Physician Assistant Program joined her students during the group service event, something physician assistant students do each semester. “Service is a huge part of who we are as physician assistants! It’s good for students to learn early on how to give back to the community they work in,” said Allen. As part of the University’s Physician Assistant Program, students are required to accumulate at least eight hours of individual community service each semester.
First-year physician assistant student, Shelby Roszman, took great pride in being part of the service event stating, “It’s awesome to be a student and to be able to help people in the community where we’re learning at. It’s especially important to be helping school-aged kids who rely on these meals.” In addition to helping to support the community, Roszman and the students involved were also building stronger bonds as classmates, “We’re together all day, every day, learning and studying. It’s kind of fun to change the environment and get to work together as a team, as we’ll be using teamwork the rest of our lives in our future careers,” said Roszman.
For more information on the University of Findlay’s Physician Assistant Program, visit the program webpage.