|Volunteers sought for National Homeless Week|
For a class project, senior UND nursing students assessed the Northlands Rescue Mission in downtown Grand Forks, and found that nutrition was a primary concern within the homeless population.
The Northlands Rescue Mission has supplied three meals a day to the homeless for many years. The majority of the food is donated by local grocery stores and is greatly appreciated. There are no standards in place, however, regarding the nutritional content in the donations. Because the food is based on excess and the time of season, daily nutritional requirements are not guaranteed to be met.
The nursing students have put together a list of sample menus that organizations or individuals can donate to provide nutritionally adequate meals for 200 members of the homeless population. The goal is to have many different organizations within Grand Forks provide one nutrient-dense meal a year for the Northlands Rescue Mission.
Organizations are being asked to both sponsor a meal and participate in serving the meal. Estimated cost of a nutritious meal is $250 to $300 for 200 people. The estimated time to serve is four hours. The nursing students feel this will be a great way for organizations to work together to give back to the community.
If organizations wish to sponsor a meal for the Mission, or receive a brochure about the event, contact Deb Stinar, volunteer coordinator at the Northlands Rescue Mission, at (701)772-6609 to schedule a date and time. All dates are renewable yearly, biannually, quarterly, and monthly if the organization wishes to participate in this giving in the future.
For more information contact Tiffany Baker, College of Nursing community health student, (763)458-1651, email@example.com.