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GGSMA Community Project 2020 “Fueling the Mind”
The Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance has become aware of the fact that 1 in 3 students that are enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is food insecure, and that 1 in 5 students have skipped meals due to a lack of money. UNCG is consistent with the national average for food insecurity. Who would have known? It is heart breaking to know that these students are hungry, and not just for knowledge. We want to do something about it and aim to help through this GGSMA project.
Our mission is to conduct a food and non-perishables collection drive along with collecting monetary donations from the medical community to help support this cause. Our children cannot learn if they have not had food to eat and they cannot feel secure or learn if they are worried about their next meal or how to obtain the simple necessary toiletries that we all take for granted.
In the spring of 2019, 428 UNCG students visited the food pantry and received perishable and non-perishable food and toiletries items through the Food Pantry program that is overseen by the Wesley-Luther ministry. The “Spartan Open Pantry” is a full food pantry that offers non-perishable food, fresh fruits & vegetables, bread, toiletries, feminine hygiene products & toilet paper to students with a valid student ID. The pantry is located adjacent to the university in the fellowship hall of the College Place United Methodist Church and is open for distribution on Tuesday and Wednesday in the evenings from 5:00-9:00 p.m. weekly. A hot cooked meal is provided in the church’s kitchen every Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. There is also a food cabinet located on the UNCG campus in the student affairs office that is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. that is stocked with quick non-perishable foods for students that are in a bind.
February 1st will be our kick off date for the “Fueling the Mind” fundraiser to help the UNCG students. We ask that you make your check payable to the Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine (GGSMA), which is a 501c3 Non Profit organization. Your tax deductible contributions will be collected throughout the month of February 2020. At the end of the month, the Alliance will present a check to the Wesley-Luther Ministries for the SOP.
We are asking for non perishable items to be donated the last two weeks in February (16-29). Learn more
Founded in 1928 as the Auxiliary to the Guilford Medical Society, the GGSMA today has nearly 200 members. The Alliance is widely recognized for its long tradition of promoting community health in the Greater Greensboro area through its active involvement in issues of health education and promotion. Commitment to the changing health needs of our community and the strengthening of Greensboro’s medical family remain the focus of our organization, nearly nine decades after our founding.
Our Alliance has a long history of financial and volunteer support for health education and awareness promotions that benefit youth and families. We have provided funding to local institutions for capital expenditures related to health education and/or special populations. We focus our attention on issues affecting our society by sponsoring programs to raise awareness of the consequences of behaviors such as violence and underage drinking.
All spouses of physicians practicing in Guilford County are eligible to join the GGSMA. They may also join the North Carolina Medical Society Alliance (NCMSA) and the American Medical Society Alliance (AMAA).