1,000 HPU students packed 40,000 meals, 27,500 packets of seeds to distribute in the community and around the world.


HIGH POINT, North Carolina, January 17, 2022 – The wintry weather hasn’t stopped students and faculty at High Point University from honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects today.

About 1,000 students and faculty came together to pack more than 40,000 meals to feed families in need, assemble 27,500 packets of vegetable seeds for local community gardens, and write 500 thank-you notes to frontline heroes and supporters. first responders. The events were sponsored by the HPU Center for Community Engagement, HPU Scholars Programs, and the Student Government Association.

Today, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., approximately 1,000 students and faculty packed more than 40,000 meals, assembled 27,500 packets of vegetable seeds for local community gardens and wrote 500 thank you notes frontline heroes and first responders. Pictured are 400 students from HPU’s scholarship programs preparing meals for a Rise Against Hunger event.

In 1994, Congress designated a federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – “A day, not a day off”. HPU has taken this responsibility to heart by leading hundreds of volunteers each year in service to the city of High Point and global causes.

Over 400 students from HPU’s scholarship programs helped prepare 40,000 meals for a Rise Against Hunger event. These meals will be used to feed children through global school and disaster relief programs that help families around the world.

“Today we had the opportunity to serve people we may never be able to meet,” said Dakota Tameling, a finance major from Wheaton, Illinois. “I pray that they know the meals were prepared by people who love and care for them across the ocean here at HPU. This is how we try to honor the work of Dr. King by trying to put the needs of others before our own. We act with humility, empathy, gratitude and a heart of service because we love each other a little better every day.

The 500 thank-you notes were another way for students to get involved in the community, according to Grayson Rachels, vice president of service and philanthropy for the Student Government Association.

“With our first responder thank you station, we’ve set up in a convenient location on campus near the Slane cafeteria so that any passing students can participate,” says Rachels. “This event is especially important for SGA as we will be sharing the cards at another event we have planned for arena first responders.”

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More than 100 students participated in another event to assemble 27,500 seed packets for local community gardens. This is another way the university gives back to the city of High Point.

Many off-campus service events have been postponed or canceled due to weather. Information on the rescheduling of these events will be provided at https://www.highpoint.edu/servicelearning/mlk-day/.

“The brilliance of Dr. King’s legacy shone today,” said Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser, executive director of HPU’s Center for Community Engagement. “Even with snowy weather and after nearly two years of the pandemic, the deep well of compassion and resilience in our community was evident today as HPU students served to improve the lives of others.”