Students and faculty in the Physician Assistant Studies program collected 420 non-perishable items in its annual food drive to help local families and senior citizens in need.
The donated items were distributed this week through the EAC Network, a non-profit human services agency with 73 programs across Long Island and New York City.
“One of the PA Studies program’s goals is to instill a desire among its students to serve populations with limited access to quality care,” said Karly Silverman ’18, outreach chair for the Hofstra chapter of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA). “By participating in drives like this every year, we help meet that goal while also serving those in need in our community.”
The EAC Network is always grateful for the students’ help every year, said Carol O’Neill, senior director of senior and nutritional services, who oversees its Meals on Wheels and food pantry programs.
“Our friends in Hofstra’s SAAAPA stepped away from their books to collect food and gave needy seniors and families a reason to be thankful for the holidays,” she said.
Over the last four years, the group has collected a total of 2,700 items through the drives.