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Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2021

Department 1



This study informs on Gettysburgians’ experiences with health, nutrition, and the class structure. I conducted an ethnographic study based on a twelve-week volunteer experience with the food pantry in Gettysburg at the Adams County branch of South Central Community Action Programs. Experiencing the pantry for a 3-month period informed my understanding of nutrition and poverty in town. Extensive field notes and reflections were compiled to show the strength of the Gettysburg food pantry staff and community support system. This study also reflects on the limitations of the food pantry based on staff feedback and observation. The food pantry is much more than just monthly groceries for local families; the SCCAP pantry allows residents a place for support, love, and access to phenomenal resources to help families during hardship.


Written for ANTH 323: Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

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