HIGH POINT, N.C., May 7, 2013 – High Point University students participated in one final service project before heading home for the summer. They donated more than 1,000 pounds of food for the university’s annual “Clean Sweep” event.
The May 6 event kicked-off the United Way of Greater High Point’s 21st Annual Postal Food Drive, which benefits local food pantries. On Saturday morning, High Point residents are encouraged to leave a bag of food by their mailbox for the United Way to continue the drive.
“Kicking off our summer food drive at HPU reminds and encourages other community members to get up early and make their donations on Saturday,” says Bobby Smith, president of the United Way. “The fact that most of the food comes from the students makes it even more special and speaks volumes about the quality of students at HPU and the compassion they hold for their new home.”
HPU coordinates its “Clean Sweep” event as a way for students to give back at the end of the academic year. Throughout the year, the university contributes surplus food from its 12 dining locations on a weekly basis to Open Door Ministries through its Food Donation Program, and students volunteer more than 30,000 hours in the community.
“This is all part of our on-going partnership with the United Way,” says Gail Tuttle, vice president of student life. “It is so important to the High Point University community that we do all we can to help stamp out hunger.”