HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 25, 2021 – To celebrate Physician Assistant (PA) Week (Oct. 6 – 12), High Point University PA students and faculty held a friendly competition to help the community.
The department held a non-perishable food drive to help stock the shelves of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. The competition was to see which group – students or faculty and staff – could collect the most food. With a total of 559 items collected, the faculty and staff won with 373 items.
“This food drive was a great success, and I am pleased with how much participation there was,” said Erica Kerr, a first-year PA student who organized the food drive. “By having the competition, I believe it included everyone throughout the program and drew out all the competitiveness everyone has. Holding the drive highlights the little things that PAs do. Not only do they give high-quality health care, but they also help out the surrounding communities.”
The food drive was held in collaboration with the Piedmont Association of Physicians Assistants and is known as PAPA Fights Hunger. It is a community service initiative aimed at tackling the issue of food insecurity and hunger in the Piedmont Triad. This food bank is the major source of food and grocery products for more than 450 nonprofit food assistance programs in the area.
“I just want to say how impressed I am with the PA students’ generosity towards a great cause,” said Nolan Crain, assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. “Choosing to donate, and donate the amount in which they did, during this time goes to show the compassionate nature of our students here at HPU. Having a group of faculty and staff who are willing to join in the cause with a little sprinkle of friendly competition led to a truly successful food drive that will help support families in the community.”