(Summer) Service Learning Reflection #1
Placement Site/Location: ___The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri___
*Please type your responses in the format of this document, numbering your
Your answers should be at least one paragraph each. Thoughtful
reflection of your agency is needed here.
1. Consider the "pillars of poverty"
(attached in Canvas), the information in our text and
the overall content of this course.
What underlying social issue or problem (societal or
interpersonal) does your agency attempt to address? Given your knowledge of social
work and the human services, why is addressing these issues important?
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri is attempting to address food
insecurity throughout our communities. Within social work and human services,
addressing these issues are very important and beneficial for our society.
Addressing food insecurity can help people meet their basic human needs, and is
essential for ensuring the basic well-being and dignity of families and individuals.
Addressing this issue can also help with health and nutrition, poverty alleviation,
social justice, community development, and child welfare. These issues are
important because it aligns with the core principles of promoting these issues
related to food insecurity.
2. In your opinion, how well does the agency address this issue? Give examples of how
their services target the issues.
I believe that this agency addresses this issue very well and efficiently. The food
bank addresses food insecurity through a variety of different ways. The biggest
way their services target this issue is through food collection and distribution.
They collect food donations through many different places/sources and then
distribute it. This food bank serves as a central warehouse for storing donated
food items for Central and Northeast Missouri. It is then distributed to partner
agencies like the Central Pantry here in Columbia, MO. The foodbank also
provides emergency food assistance to those who are in immediate need. Another
way this agency targets this issue is through child nutrition programs. They give
out 'buddy packs' to local schools
for children who might not have access to
nutritious meals throughout the school year.