Hot or Not 2/24/2015

Hot: University of Washington’s dentistry students

This past week, a group of students from University of Washington’s school of dentistry volunteered to give free services to homeless members of the community. Dentistry students volunteered at Mary’s Place, an organization that helps homeless women and children.

The students were looking for minor issues that could lead to more complicated problems. Out of the 80 women and children served, the students sent 12 to a clinic for further evaluation.

These students deserve praise for helping those in the community unable to attain the medical attention that most people take for granted.

Not: Largest food shortage since 1940s

According to The World Food Program (WFP), the world is facing its biggest shortage of food since World War II. Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and South Sudan are among the worst locations for food deprivation.

The WFP is doing preparatory work for potential increases in food assistance to four other countries — Yemen, Nigeria, Ukraine and Libya — all of which are facing increasing political instability. Ertharin Cousin, the head of the United Nations agency, said WFP currently requires $113 million for Syria and $102 million in the region to continue to provide food assistance.

WFP is currently feeding millions of people across the globe. To make sure that WFP can continue to feed those in need, donations can be made at   

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