HIGH POINT, N.C., May 10, 2017 – High Point University students, faculty and staff kick-started the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Tuesday with a donation of nearly 7,000 pounds of nonperishable food.
It’s a longstanding tradition for the HPU family to collect dozens of boxes filled with food just before the spring semester ends, all to support the United Way of Greater High Point and the U.S. Postal Service’s efforts to stock local food pantry shelves through the summer.
“HPU is the largest single donor to the annual Postal Food Drive,” says UWGHP President Bobby Smith. “That’s one reason that the food drive’s total results have gone up from 17,000 pounds in 2002 to almost 80,000 pounds last year. Their event really kick-starts our drive. We will share what HPU has done with the entire community, which will lead others to do likewise. Every food pantry and every Greater High Point Food Alliance event I attend, I see HPU staff, faculty and students involved, and that’s one major reason why the metro area dropped down in the national rankings for food insecurity last year.”
Now that the drive has begun, High Point postal workers will travel to businesses throughout the city to pick up donations, and city residents can participate by leaving a bag of nonperishable food by their mailboxes on May 13.
“Service to others is a core value of High Point University,” says Dr. Paul Kittle, assistant vice president for student life. “Our students appreciate the opportunity to give back to the High Point community that supports them through the year. The end of year collection drive supports local ministries and the USPS canned food drive in coordination with the United Way.”