Students Collect 250 Pounds of Food for Out of the Garden

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 24, 2015 – With a goal to nourish people in the community, High Point University students donated over 250 pounds of food to the Out of the Garden project today.

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HPU student Katie Weerstra (left) helps Out of the Garden operations manager Nikki Christakos (right), unload some of the food that HPU students donated to Out of the Garden.

“This food is needed, especially in the city of High Point right now,” said Nikki Christakos, operations manager for Out of the Garden. “With the holidays just around the corner, we have seen a surge of people coming to see us, so the donation from HPU will be very beneficial to us. We are so appreciative of High Point University’s efforts and are grateful for the donation.”

Led by HPU’s Freshman Student Success Leadership Team, the HPU students knocked on the doors of other HPU students during a “dorm storm” to ask if they would be willing to donate to the cause.

“I just wanted to help out in any way that I could,” said Katie Weerstra, HPU student and co-project manager for the dorm storm. “When we knocked on the student’s doors, they opened up their cabinets and gave us anything and everything that they could. It was very heartwarming to see that people were just as passionate about the cause as we were.”

HPU has an ongoing partnership with Out of the Garden. In April, HPU students donated 2,000 pounds of food for the Feed their Legacy campaign in honor of the three Muslim students who were killed in Chapel Hill.

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