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.
“It means the world to have HPU as our largest single donor to the annual Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive,” said UWGHP President Bobby Smith. “The beauty of this drive is that it comes at the right time of year. Donations to food pantries drop dramatically during the summer because people often think of food drives from Thanksgiving through Christmas, but people are just as hungry, unemployed or underemployed now as they are then. The 13 food pantries that benefit from this tell us that this food drive is the one that gets them through the summer months. This drive has been going on for 26 years, but ever since HPU got involved and became the largest donor, it’s kicked up the campaign. It’s not just the quantity of food, but the quality of what we get from here that we really appreciate. We are truly grateful for all that HPU does. It’s one thing in a long, long list of all that HPU does for High Point.”
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 12.
“High Point University is the premier life skills university, and we are all about teaching students those important qualities of life, such as caring, giving and generosity,” said Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for student life. “This food drive goes right along with that framework. In partnership with the UWGHP and the U.S. Postal workers, we wanted to continue to give back to the community in this way. We encourage students to donate these items, and today’s donation is a result of their generosity.”