HIGH POINT, N.C., May 6, 2014 – While the academic year has come to an end, students at High Point University continue to give back in big ways. Before they moved out of their dorm rooms for the summer, students donated hundreds of pounds of nonperishable food, which was collected by the United Way of Greater High Point on May 4 to kick off its 22nd Annual Postal Food Drive.
The food benefits 12 partner agencies in High Point. High Point residents are encouraged to leave food donations by their mailbox on Saturday for postal workers to pick up as they continue the drive.
“Kicking off the Postal Food Drive at HPU each year speaks volumes about the commitment and compassion HPU students have for their community,” says Bobby Smith, president of the UWGHP. “Even during the summer, they continue to make a difference in High Point as their donations help keep the shelves of the area food pantries full.”
In addition to this food donation effort, the university contributes surplus food from its 12 dining locations on a weekly basis to Open Door Ministries through its Food Donation Program. In early March, students also raised $10,000 to help feed families who lost food due to winter storm power outages, and the university donated 1,000 loaves of bread and 1,440 bottles of water. These efforts and more are all part of 100,000 hours of service that students contribute each year.
“Our students and staff are committed to stamping out hunger in High Point,” says Gail Tuttle, vice president for Student Life. “They work tirelessly year round to connect with our community, which not only enriches the lives of others, but their own lives as well.”