HIGH POINT, N.C., May 15, 2019 – High Point University faculty and staff worked together today to fill a U.S. Postal Service truck with nonperishable food items for the United Way of Greater High Point’s “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign.
The HPU family collected more than 7,500 pounds of food for the campaign.
“I’m so grateful and not surprised by the amount of food collected because HPU has been involved for so many years,” said Bobby Smith, president of the United Way of Greater High Point. “HPU has been the largest donor to the annual postal food drive, and it’s been incredible. It comes at a great time for the food pantries in the community because when it’s warm, people stop thinking about food drives until it’s Thanksgiving, but people are just as much in need and hungry during the summer as they are during the winter. We can’t thank HPU enough.”
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.
“At High Point University, we are continuously embracing measures to develop premier life skills, both in and out of the classroom,” said Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for student life. “Our students are eager to finish out their work in the academy, but they are also mindful of being able to contribute to a wonderful cause. Our community is continuously grateful to help our city with such a wonderful cause.”
The campaign kicked off on May 11 and will benefit 13 local food pantries in the greater High Point area.