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DWU food drive set for Sunday

The Dakota Wesleyan University annual Freshman Food Drive is set for Sunday, and students will go door-to-door asking for donations.

Every fall, freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to take part in orientation weekend, which is filled with activities to help new students acclimate to the campus, the community and meet new friends. One of those activities is the annual DWU Freshman Food Drive for the Mitchell Area Food Pantry. Freshmen and new students will canvass the city for donations. This year’s drive will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and residents will know the students by their DWU orientation T-shirts.

“We want our students to be more than just classroom consumers,” said the Rev. Eric VanMeter, DWU’s campus minister. “The college experience is about growing as a person, and a big part of that is students learning to see the world around them. The food drive gets them out into the community right away, and hopefully helps them understand more about where they live while at DWU.”

Last year’s food drive brought in 4,230 pounds, and students are hoping to top that this year.

The summer months generally leave the Mitchell Food Pantry depleted. The pantry reported that through the months of May to July, it gave out 3,799 bags of groceries, and the pantry is currently in need of the following: canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, Hamburger Helper, canned tuna, beans of any kind, macaroni and cheese, ravioli, soup, peanut butter, pasta, boxed potatoes, snack items (cookies, Jell-O, cupcakes, cheese and crackers) and cereal.

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, from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

— Source: Dakota Wesleyan University