DWU Annual Freshman Food Drive sets new all-time record
Sunday, August 24, 2014
The tallies came in Sunday, and the DWU Freshman Food Drive set a new record with 4,629 pounds of food donated by the Mitchell community.
This year’s class of freshmen, along with current DWU students, conducted the food drive from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. Donations were brought to the Mitchell Food Pantry where DWU and food pantry volunteers sorted and shelved the food.
The previous record was in 2012 with 4,350 pounds of food collected.
“We’re so grateful to the Mitchell community for opening their hearts and cupboards to the Mitchell Food Pantry, and for giving our students this opportunity to provide a service to their community – something we encourage in and out of the classroom,” said the Rev. Eric Van Meter, DWU campus pastor. “I think a lot of us are humbled by Mitchell’s generosity.”
The summer months generally leave the Mitchell Food Pantry depleted. The pantry reported that through the months of May through July, it gave out 3,799 bags of groceries.
The Freshman Food Drive is a large component of the New Student Orientation weekend at Dakota Wesleyan and an activity that is structured to help new students acclimate to their new community, as well as the university’s motto of “Sacrifice or Service.”
The Mitchell Food Pantry is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday, and donations may be dropped off during that time or from 3 to 6 p.m. at the thrift store.
For those wishing to donate, but who might not be home during the DWU Freshman Food Drive, donations may be made at the Mitchell Food Pantry, located within the Mitchell Salvation Army on Sanborn Boulevard, during regular hours Monday through Friday. The Mitchell Food Pantry is open to clients from noon to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday.
More photos can be found on the DWU Facebook page: www.facebook.com/dwublue
Above, One of the boxes donated was too large for either scale, so a student held it and weighed himself. The box came in at 140 pounds!