Justin’s Final Project

For my final assignment, I wanted to thank those who are going above and beyond to help others. Eastern Sociology Professor, Dr. Michale Gillespie is leading the charge in tackling poverty and food insecurity in the communities surrounding the East Central Illinois campus.

Along with Gillespie, many Eastern students, faculty and staff are chipping in to help out. Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism interim president and wife of Dr. Gillespie, Beth Gillespie can be found regularly leading Eastern students in many communities giving back.

I had the privilege, accidently, of  covering an event in August and witnessed firsthand the selfless service that is hard to come by nowadays. I attended the event with the intentions of taking photographs for the Daily Eastern News only to find the event was actually a 30-minute drive south in the tiny town of Toledo. I made the trip and I am so thankful I did, what I came away with a true appreciation for not only my University, but an appreciation of all those who are out there doing their best to make the world a better place.

Dr. Gillespie also provides a blog where his research is on display.

According to USDA.org food insecurity is:

  • Low food security (old label=Food insecurity without hunger): reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake.
  • Very low food security (old label=Food insecurity with hunger): Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

For more information visit Coles County Poverty Data Project Blog.

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