Medical Assistant Students Provide Healthy Lunches for Homeless Shelter

What do peanut butter and jelly, medical assistant program students at Globe University-Appleton, and Community Outreach Temporary Services (COTS) have in common? They all recently teamed up together to provide nutritious lunches for a men’s group at COTS, a non-profit organization in Fox Valley that seeks to end homelessness in the Valley

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Medical assistant students and instructor Michelle Vanden Heuvel assembling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the men’s group at COTS

Medical assistant program students provided education to the group

The medical assistant students in the Patient Care Sciences class worked together to plan a healthy, balanced, inexpensive lunch for the group. They also needed to create a document to include with the meals educating the men about the importance of having a balanced diet. The flyers contained information regarding:

  • proper food preparation
  • storage
  • hand washing
  • bacteria and viruses

Medical assistant program students assembled 35 lunches

After compiling the information to educate the group about the importance of healthy, balanced meals, the students got together to assemble 35 bagged lunches for COTS. 

In addition to the two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, there was also a piece of fruit (either an orange, an apple, or a banana), a serving of baby carrots, a serving of pretzels, a piece of string cheese, and a serving of dark chocolate.

Medical assistant program student Robin Swenson enjoyed the experience.

“The project was great and for a great cause! I love my classmates. We always have a good time,” Swenson said.