Max Baker Resource Center receives large donation from Stop & Shop

Studies have shown that college students who do not have access to nutritious food are less likely to graduate. In an ongoing effort to reduce the burden of food insecurity in the UMass Chan Medical School community, the TH Chan School of Medicine’s Student Union Committee has partnered with Stop & Shop to ensure the Max Baker Resource Center is well stocked with food and resources.

“Food insecurity is a major driver of stress and our ability to succeed,” said Colin Burnett, sophomore medical student and co-president of the student body committee. “We want to do our part to reduce people’s exposure to food insecurity.”

On Wednesday, December 15, Burnett and other medical students from the store on Grafton Street in Worcester accepted $ 1,400 worth of cereal, canned goods, long-life goods and other vital supplies. Burnett said they hope this is the start of a long partnership with the grocery chain.

“A lot of people believe that pantries are mostly for those in our neighborhood. But right here, right in our school, we have a lot of people struggling, ”said Lyle Suh, sophomore medical student and co-president of the student body committee. “We believe that the Max Baker Resource Center can alleviate at least some of this burden and allow students and staff in our community to focus on what they are doing here.”

The Max Baker Resource Center is located outside Amphitheater I on the second floor of the Faculty of Medicine building and is open to the UMass Chan community 24/7 with ID. Everyone can take as much as they need, anonymously and without questions.

Burnett said the Stop & Shop partnership will ensure the resource center is stocked more regularly. If members of the UMass Chan community find that items are missing or something should be added, they can contact the SBC at [email protected]

Student Union Committee members founded the Max Baker Resource Center in November 2018 with significant assistance from James Baker, MD, MPH, Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine and Community Health. Baker lost his 23-year-old son Max to a drug overdose in 2016. After completing his preparatory studies, Max Baker wanted to apply for a medical degree.

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