Students from the NEOMED chapter of the Student National Medical Association collected canned goods, personal care items and cleaning supplies for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank as part of service days November 16-17.
SNMA Region 5, encompassing Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, encouraged student chapters to participate in Days of Service during the month of November.
“We chose the foodbank for our service project because our focus is on supporting our local community,” says Madeline Foo (M1), who serves as SNMA’s community service chair.
“NEOMED is a beacon in the area for people from all over,” notes Vissy Elad (M1), SNMA vice president. She points out that among just the five students staffing the collection table, four states – Hawaii, Maryland, Texas and Ohio – and a Canadian province were represented. (Elad hails from Toronto.).
“While we are living in this area, we want to support to the local community,” says Elad. That’s a proud tradition at NEOMED. In 2020, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank recognized NEOMED’s Student-Run COVID-19 Relief Initiative as Organizational Volunteer Group of the Year.
If you missed the collection table earlier this week, don’t worry: You can still contribute to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank by placing donations in the drop box in the Inclusion Center.
Photo: SNMA students collected items for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Back row, L-R: Vissy Elad (M1), Nnamdi Ezeanyika (M1). Seated: L-R: Madeline Foo (M1), Roy James II (M1) and Cynthia Uzoukwu (M1).