SPH volunteers for ‘Week of Service’


Published: March 30, 2018

By Sally Crocker

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Students, faculty and staff from the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health (SPH) recently gave their time and energy to help local non-profit organizations during the SPH Week of Service.

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SPH volunteers assisted at the Tarrant Area Food Bank, First Street Methodist Mission and Community Food Bank, and organized a campus-wide, children’s book drive for the R.D. Evans Community Center.

“Being a part of the local community is important to us, and public health is very much about serving others and helping to build healthier communities,” said Dr. Dennis Thombs, SPH Dean. “These organizations touch the lives of so many, and it’s rewarding to work side-by-side with them, even if just for a day or a few hours, and be able to assist in their much-needed efforts.”

The mission of the Tarrant Area Food Bank is to empower communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration. The Food Bank serves over 500,000 nutritious meals each week.

First Street Methodist Mission is dedicated to serving people in need in Fort Worth and other local areas by providing emergency food, clothing, infant formula, limited financial assistance and case management services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion.

The Community Food Bank is committed to “feeding families and feeding hope” by providing food, education, programs and resources to area families in need. The agency serves as both a food pantry, providing food directly to those in need, and a food bank, collecting and distributing food to hunger-relief charities and organizations.