Honors Projects


Lauren DietzFollow


This project set out to build and plant blessing boxes in Bowling Green, Ohio to directly address the problem of food insecurity in the community. A blessing box is a free-standing food pantry that can be stocked through donations from the community, and utilized by whoever may be in need. The motto of these boxes is “Leave what you can, take what you need.” According to Feeding America (2022), Food insecurity is “A lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life,” (Feeding America, 2022, para. 1). In 2021, 33.8 million people lived in food-insecure households (USDA, 2022) and 14.8 percent of people are food insecure in Wood County (Brown Bag Food Pantry, 2022). These statistics lead to a prominent issue as there is not great enough access to food for those in need. In this project, I set out to find a location to plant one to two blessing boxes. I also set out to find funding and construction of the box. While I received a donation of the materials needed for the box, and someone willing the build the box, I was unable to secure a location in the allotted time. Despite this, I plan to continue my work until this project is complete.


Health Science

First Advisor

Meggan Hartzog

Second Advisor

Sharron Schaeffer

Publication Date

Spring 2023