HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 18, 2018 – Students at High Point University are partnering up with Food Lion Feeds, N.C. Campus Compact and other colleges and universities across the state to raise support for hunger relief.
Through the Collegiate Challenge, they are also competing to win up to $20,000 to further their efforts toward alleviating food insecurity in the city of High Point.
HPU and 17 other Campus Compact member institutions are hosting events on their campuses through the month of December to collect donations and raise awareness about hunger and homelessness. They will earn points for each event. The campus that collects the most food adjusted for its size will win $10,000, and another $10,000 will be awarded for creativity and engagement. The prize funds will support hunger-related initiatives such as campus-based food pantries, campus or community gardens, food recovery efforts or fresh produce distribution.
Meredith Kreeger, an AmeriCorps VISTA hosted by HPU who works on healthy food access in the community, and senior Hannah Gordner, a nonprofit leadership and management major and member of the Bonner Leader Program, are leading HPU’s campaign.
“We started our campaign with a launch event at the High Point CROP Hunger Walk and we’ve been collecting Food Lion MVP card numbers from students and community members,” says Kreeger. “In terms of future events, we plan on hosting a hunger awareness movie night on campus, partnering with a couple community organizations for a special project during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in November, and hosting a community garden workday. We will also hold a food drive during one of the upcoming men’s basketball games.”
Kreeger adds that in addition to students, faculty and staff, they want members of the public to join them in their efforts.
“Many have already shown their support by providing their MVP card numbers and registering them on the Food Lion app,” she says. “We get one point for every MVP card number we collect and an additional point for every $10 spent using a registered card. Simply download the Food Lion app, sign in using an existing card or have the app generate a card number, and send your card number along with your first and last name to firstname.lastname@example.org. Signing up for Food Lion Shop & Earn through the app is another great way to help us earn points and receive special savings to use in-store.”
Gordner has been involved in HPU’s ongoing service for food insecurity in the community throughout her time as a student and Bonner Leader. For almost four years, she has worked at West End Ministries, a local nonprofit that addresses food insecurity in the West End district of High Point. Specifically, Gordner dates and organizes donations in the food pantry, serves community meals, translates for Spanish-speaking clients and distributes food donations to members of the community who qualify for services.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to win this money for the High Point community, which could be used for a new community garden,” says Gordner. “In the past few years, community gardens have been popping up throughout the city with great success. The Community Learning Garden on Walnut Street would continue this movement by serving as a space for community members to grow their own food and experiment with new plants.”