Public Health Intern: Kennedy Hedges



Major/ minor

Major in Public Health, Health Promotion, and Health Behavior 

Minor in Environmental and Occupational Health 

Career Aspirations

I am passionate about the safety perspective of human interaction in their environment. Ideally, I would like to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health specifying in Environmental and Occupational Health. I see myself pursuing a career as a health and safety engineer, but I’m open to exploring different opportunities as well. 

Why did you want to work at the HSRC? 

I resonate with the vision of the HSRC, centering on community efforts to create opportunities that will provide the necessary tools leading to success. I wanted to be part of a team actively working towards providing more resources to students and community members.

I first completed my health practicum (H310) here, and after I was eager to continue my connection at the HSRC.

What will you be working on? 

My internship is split between the fall and winter term of this year. In the fall, I focused on a few projects including hazard identification, literature review, food story, and SNAP application workshops at the HSRC and the Wellness Nook at the MU. In the winter I will be elaborating on some of these concepts while working on a variety of other projects including a mobile SNAP workshop and updating food pantry policies.

I am also at the HSRC to be a helping hand, I’m often around during food pantries, food deliveries, and other events to provide extra support. 

What are your favorite things to do in Corvallis? 

One of my favorite things to do in Corvallis is to go to the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis. They usually play smaller independent movies, and the atmosphere is so cozy without being overly pretentious.

Favorite new movie? 

Parasite by Bong Joon-ho 

Food Source

The Human Services Resource Center’s Food Pantry is a non-profit dedicated to providing food for students and community members struggling with hunger and food insecurity. It is funded by donations and maintained thanks to the help we receive from the community. $1 buys 13 pounds of food!

We are supplied by Linn Benton Food Share and Oregon Food Bank; food is ordered and delivered on a bi-weekly basis. Donations are made directly to our center at Champinefu Lodge or to our account with the OSU Foundation. Many community members and on/off campus groups donate regularly to our pantry. We also receive, on average, 104 lbs of bread a month from Panera’s Albany location. Last November, we received 2,182 pounds of donated food!

The Center for Engagement and Leadership’s Growing Food Security Program hosts garden parties and with the help of volunteers, they plant and harvest fruits and veggies in the HSRC garden that supply our pantry with fresh produce. They also help pick up and process produce donations from other local gardens.

Our distribution of food is based on the Oregon Food Bank’s household distribution guide. On average, we give 17 pounds of food per person and 7 pounds of fresh produce per household. We are able to provide a variety of foods including canned, packaged, frozen, dried, and fresh foods, thanks to the contributions we receive.

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Human Services Resource Center and its programs. We are eternally grateful!

Visit our website for details on how to get involved!

Halal Food

Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. In reference to food, it is the dietary standard, as prescribed in the Qur’an (the Muslim scripture). The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited. Halal and haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life. These terms are commonly used in relation to food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and food contact materials. While many things are clearly halal or haram, there are some things which are not clear. Further information is needed to categorise them as halal or haram. Such items are often referred to as mashbooh, which means doubtful or questionable.

Muslims are supposed to make an effort to obtain the best quality nutritionally. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the prayer of a person is rejected by Allah if the food consumed is prohibited (haram). All foods are considered halal except the following (which are haram):
Alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
Non-Halal Animal Fat
Enzymes* (Microbial Enzymes are permissible)
Gelatine* – from non-Halal source (fish gelatine is Halal)
L-cysteine (if from human hair)
Lipase* (only animal lipase need be avoided)
Non-Halal Animal Shortening
Pork, Bacon / Ham and anything from pigs
Unspecified Meat Broth
Rennet* (All forms should be avoided except for plant / microbial /
synthetic – rennet obtained from halal slaughtered animal is
Stock* (a blend of mix species broth or meat stock)
Tallow* (non-Halal species)
Carnivorous animals, birds of prey and certain other animals
Foods contaminated with any of the above products
(*May be consumed if derived from Halal animals.

Islam places great emphasis in the way in which an animal’s life ends, which has to be in accordance with Islamic regulations. Life is a sacred blessing of God to creation, animals as well as humans. If the life of an animal has to be ended for human survival, then its life should only be taken in the name of God. Hence, the phrase bismillah (‘in the name of God’) must be uttered just before slaughtering an animal. Muslims cannot consume the meat of animals that are sacrificed in a name other than God.HSRC does get halal meat from the Foodbank sometimes and that food is kept in a different refrigerator