DWU Annual Freshman Food Drive Continues Giving Tradition
MITCHELL – The DWU Freshman Food Drive has so far collected more than 2,400 pounds of food donated by the Mitchell community. The event was sponsored by DWU Campus Ministry.
More than 125 freshmen, along with upperclassmen and other volunteers, conducted the food drive from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. Donations were taken to the Mitchell Food Pantry where volunteers sorted and shelved the food.
Since 2004, the annual Freshman Food Drive has been a large part of New Student Orientation weekend at Dakota Wesleyan. It is an activity that is structured to help new students acclimate to the Mitchell community, as well as to embody the university’s motto of “Sacrifice or Service.”
“The motto for DWU campus ministry is ‘Take care of each other.’ The freshmen and their leaders lived this out Sunday afternoon. This past year has been hard for many people in our community, and the food pantry has been an important resource for them,” said Denise Van Meter, DWU associate campus pastor. “Sending the students out with empty bags, and then watching them come back with their arms laden with bulging bags, is a great way to start a school year.”
Those wishing to donate who might not have been home during the DWU Freshman Food Drive can drop off donations, including fresh garden produce, to the Mitchell Food Pantry during hours of operation.
The Mitchell Food Pantry, located at 812 N. Rowley St., is open Mondays and Fridays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, that is rooted in four values: lifelong learning, leadership development, faith exploration and genuine service to others. For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University, go to www.dwu.edu.