High Point University students Lisa Quinones (left) and Melanie Maldonado (right) package food for donation to numerous High Point community organizations.
HIGH POINT, N.C., March 8, 2018 – High Point University’s Food Recovery Network, a student organization dedicated to eliminating food waste and feeding the High Point community, reached two milestones in the last year – most food collected in one semester at HPU and 30,000 meals collected since the organization began in Fall 2015.
As part of a national initiative, the Food Recovery Network (FRN) is working to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste, packaging it and delivering it to community members in need.
HPU students donated a total of 10,435 pounds of food last semester alone, providing 8,696 meals to the High Point community. In past years, the group has packaged and delivered food numerous times per week to Open Door Ministries in High Point to assist the organization in their mission to provide three meals a day, seven days a week, to those in need.
This year, HPU’s FRN expanded its reach by adding three new locations.
“We’ve partnered with three new locations where we drop off donations recovered from the Wanek Center and Slane Student Center Café kitchen,” says Michaela Mucha, HPU senior and president of FRN. “To better feed the High Point Community, we now also support Leslie’s House, the Salvation Army women’s shelter, and the Community Writing Center.”
Mucha says that leading FRN and being a part of the team has been her most impactful experience at HPU.
“My most meaningful experience at High Point University is, without a doubt, my involvement with Food Recovery Network,” says Mucha. “Volunteering and having the opportunity to serve the organization as its president, I have created lasting friendships with not only the students of various organizations on campus but with staff who work in the kitchens and areas on HPU’s campus where we recover food. Time flies while doing service with these people, who are brought together through a common goal: to feed the community. I’m so incredibly proud and honored to be a part of this student-run organization that works diligently each week to end hunger in the city of High Point.”
HPU’s FRN team will be packaging food on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and on Fridays at noon until the end of the semester.