Students Donate 275 Pounds of Food for Out of the Garden

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 26, 2016 – High Point University students will be nourishing people in the Triad through a 275 pound food donation that they made to the Out of the Garden Project last week.

“Out of the Garden Project is grateful to High Point University for collecting food this past week,” says Don Milholin, executive director of the Out of the Garden Project. “The 275 pounds of food collected is enough to fill 40 backpacks of food for hungry children and their families. Out of the Garden Project serves many schools in the city of High Point, and we are proud to have distributed more than 300,000 pounds of food to children and families in need in 2015.”

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

“It is awesome to know how much food people have given,” says Katie Weerstra, HPU student. “These students are happy to give this food for the benefit of someone else. It is a great feeling knowing that we are helping a community that truly needs this food.”

The Freshman Leadership Student Success Team donated 250 pounds of food to Out of the Garden last year and plans to continue this effort each year.

“We congratulate our first-year students for their impactful leadership,” says Dr. Beth Holder, associate dean for Student Success at HPU. “High Point University students continue to impress and inspire. We thank them for making a positive difference in the community.”

HPU student Elisabeth Holt donates food during the “dorm storm.”

HPU student Elisabeth Holt donates food during the “dorm storm.”

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