The primary objective of this assignment is to involve students in a community based activity that relates to the hunger and environmental issues discussed in class. Service Learning helps students make real the issues that involve our community and apply scientific knowledge to understand physiological effects of hunger on malnutrition and health.
SJSU students are now able to do in person or virtual volunteer work this semester. My SJS4 does have virtual opportunities, but most of them do not apply to this class so we are encouraging individuals to complete the alternate assignment given these limitations. If you have any questions, email me or message me on Canvas. email@example.com
This report was created in Spring 2020, when we went to shelter in place. Several months have gone by so there is much more insight and understanding. The report was originally designed for students to supplement volunteer hours they already completed, but with the new limitations from administration, we do not anticipate many volunteer opportunities will be available so this will be the primary means to satisfy your hours.
Important Information about this assignment
If you are doing no volunteer hours, you should be completing a minimum of the upper end word range for full credit on the paper.
Please make sure you utilize information from all resources and cite it in the paper.
Remove all of the paper’s guidelines before submitting the paper and only provide title headings as not to flag Turnitin.com
Please include a word count on each section of the paper
You must submit the document in either word of PDF
Be sure if you are not completing the 10 community service hours you are turning in questions 1-6.
Community Service Alternate Project
This assignment should be used by those who are unable to complete any of the required 10 hours of virtual service. (If you have completed some but not all of the required 10 hours of service, you should contact the instructor. Depending on the number of hours you completed, you will be assigned only some portions of this assignment.)
The purpose of this assignment is to replace the community service hours and the service-learning aspect of the course. While this is not the optimal situation and does not give you the hands-on experience that is so beneficial, it will give you an idea of domestic hunger, poverty and powerlessness both in this area and nationally. In addition, it ties in COVID-19 or other disaster-like situations that can exacerbate the incredibly fragile situation that many people are in. Survey estimates in 2019 found 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. While all of us have been personally affected by this situation, some are experiencing more hardships than others in terms of health, personal situations, and financial situations.
1. Please provide information on domestic hunger including the statistics and impact using the website below, including the history, background, and key statistics. (250 words min).
Domestic Hunger and Poverty
https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us.aspx (Links to an external site.)
Please provide information on hunger and poverty in California, specifically focusing on Santa Clara County and San Jose State University using the resources below. (250 words min)
http://www.cafoodbanks.org/hunger-factsheet (Links to an external site.)
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/12/the-silicon-valley-paradox-one-in-four-people-are-at-risk-of-hunger (Links to an external site.)
https://www.shfb.org/impact/blog/college-hunger-sjsu/ (Links to an external site.)
Feeding America “is now the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization—a powerful and efficient network of 200 food banks across the country. “Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger” (Feeding America About Us (Links to an external site.)).
Go to Feeding America’s website at this link:
The Impact of Coronavirus on Food Insecurity (Links to an external site.) and scroll down and download their latest brief:
The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity in 2020 (Links to an external site.).
Review the brief, and write your thoughts about what you have learned, focusing specifically on the sections about Children, and the 3 Spotlight articles: Spotlight: Food Insecurity in Latino Communities; Spotlight: Food Insecurity in Native American Communities; and Spotlight: Food Insecurity in Black Communities. You may discuss the U.S. as a whole or focus on California, as you prefer. (250 word min)
Now review the following linked article from the Brookings Institution (“The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.”):
The COVID-19 hazard continues, but the hazard pay does not: Why America’s essential workers need a raise (Links to an external site.).
Consider this from Our World in Data: Which countries have protected both health and the economy in the pandemic? (Links to an external site.) (overall message: “…countries that have managed to protect their population’s health in the pandemic have generally also protected their economy too.”).
Reflect on what has been done to help workers and the economy so far, in terms of financial assistance, and the recent efforts to provide a new round of financial stimulus, which have not succeeded. What do you think should happen? Do you have other ideas for aid to those who have been most hurt by COVID-19, both in terms of health, food security, and economic situation? You may research and provide ideas from CREDIBLE sources (no social media posts), or your own suggestions.
(250 word min)
Please review what should happen after a disaster and reflect on what was done or what you should think should be done based on information provided in NuFS 139 or your own research with references on both a national and local level with the goal of avoiding food insecurity, homelessness, or exacerbation of poverty and powerlessness. (250 word min)
5. Agency Information
Part A: Please go to the assignment box and choose an agency from the list of NuFS 139 approved agencies where you would like to volunteer: (250 words)
The agency’s name.
The mission statement and objective of the agency.
Why and how the agency started
Who funds the agency including donations, monetary contributions and volunteer hours?
How long has it been operating in the area and how it originated?
What the target population is and the social and cultural concerns that affect the way the agency operates.
How the projects of the agency impact the nutritional status of the target population (make sure you include the agency’s programs in this section). If the program does not directly deal with nutrition, how does it empower the person to be able to feed themselves (i.e. job training allows you to afford food).
Part B: Please provide a second national non-profit agency that has assisted in the COVID-19 outbreak or other national disasters and provide the same information above for that agency. (250 words)
Your Own Reflections
Using information from the class, how does the information from this paper impact your perception of Domestic Hunger vs. World Hunger? You will need to provide specific information from class to support your answers from a world hunger standpoint.
How do disasters exacerbate poverty and powerlessness including your specific experience with COVID-19? Feel free to use personal or firsthand experiences.
Lastly, how do disasters, like COVID-19 impact the nutritional status of the individuals. You will need to provide specific information from the sections on nutrition, the food system, or the health implications of the food system. You do not need to limit yourself to the COVID-19 situation and you can include both worldwide and domestic disaster situations for this section. Is it possible to empower people in situations like this?
This section should be 250 to 500 words, and please provide references for any cited information.
How to Start:
Select an agency from the list on #2
The following agencies are approved for NuFS 139 (however, each agency is on a different schedule and most renew their contracts each year so you will need to make sure they are still on my SJSU https://app.calstates4.com/sjsu (Links to an external site.)
African American Community Service Agency
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
California Native Garden Foundation
CCCAC Community Garden
Center for Community Learning and Leadership [CCLL]
Cesar Chavez Community Action Center
Family Support Housing
Garden to Table Silicon Valley (Taylor St. Farm)
Homeless Garden Project Santa Cruz
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
Meals on Wheels Menlo Park
Open Heart Kitchen
Sacred Heart Community Service (this agency has some of the most flexible shifts and hours)
Santa Maria Urban Ministries
Second Harvest Food Bank (this covers both the San Jose and San Mateo facilities and they do have weekend available)
SOS Meals on Wheels
St Joseph’s Family Center
Sunday Friends (this is one of the few that has availability on the weekends)
The Health Trust
Yu-Ai-Kai Japanese American Community Center
If you find an agency that speaks to you from the list, make sure they are still registered in the My SJS4 system.
If the agency is still in my SJS4, contact the agency directly and make sure that they have availability for you to volunteer there. Obtain the volunteer supervisor’s name and contact information (you will use that in My SJS4).
Go to My SJS4 and register for your 10 hours of community service and sign all of the contracts. Please note, once you sign up for an agency, you cannot change it and will have to have My SJS4 do that for you https://app.calstates4.com/sjsu (Links to an external site.). You can use this video to help you with the process. SL & Guide to SJS4 Video.mp4 Download SL & Guide to SJS4 Video.mp4Play media comment.Play media comment.
If you live out of the area or you are having difficulty finding an agency, contact me immediately and we will come up with a plan to complete your hours.
Completing Your Hours
Please do not start working at your agency until you have completely signed up in My SJS4 as that is your contract and release of liability.
Complete your hours at the agency, if the agency has a computer log in, that will serve as your time card. You must obtain documentation each time you work at the agency that you will submit with your paper.
You can use this time card for agencies that do not have their own time card or computer system. firstname.lastname@example.org or for any questions, comments, ideas.
The system is set up to allow you to enter 2 agencies, however, I strongly discourage that as you need to provide all of the above information for each agency which is almost impossible to do in 6 pages. If you are having issues completing your hours at one agency, you must contact me immediately.
If you are trying trying to add an agency, please contact me immediately before you start the process.