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August 26, 2012

DWU freshman food drive breaks all-time record

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Dakota Wesleyan freshmen, staff, faculty and current student leaders canvassed Mitchell from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday collecting donations for the Salvation Army Food Pantry as part of the Annual DWU Freshman Food Drive. This year’s food drive brought in 4,350 pounds – an all-time record for DWU. At right, Brian Anderberg, the new associate director of youth adult ministry at DWU, weighs bags of food as it’s delivered to the food pantry.

MITCHELL — The Dakota Wesleyan freshmen conducted their annual food drive Sunday, bringing in 4,350 pounds of food to the Mitchell Salvation Army food pantry – an all-time record for DWU.

“Every year the Mitchell community shows its generosity when it contributes toward this food drive, and the results have continued to grow,” said Brandon Vetter, campus pastor. “With that said, it was still a fantastic surprise when the tally came in. We have never broken 4,000 pounds before. Last year’s 3,994 pounds was our record and we didn’t expect to beat it.”

This year’s class of freshmen, along with DWU staff, faculty and current students, canvassed the city between noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. Donations were then brought to the Mitchell Salvation Army where DWU and Salvation Army volunteers sorted and shelved the food.

“The food drive is ‘faith in action,’ as well as a great way for students to get to know each other and their new community,” Vetter said. “DWU’s motto is ‘Sacrifice or Service’ and the food drive is the university’s way of introducing new students to that motto.”

The Mitchell Salvation Army is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and the food pantry and social services are available from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University and other service learning projects, go to www.dwu.edu.

DWU student Kelli Swenson, Chamberlain, checks expiration dates and sorts canned goods during Sunday’s DWU Freshman Food Drive. Dakota Wesleyan freshmen, staff, faculty and current student leaders canvassed the city from noon to 3 p.m. collecting donations for the Mitchell Salvation Army Food Pantry. This year’s food drive brought in 4,350 pounds – an all-time record for DWU.

 

 
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