Watauga Residential Students partner with community to support local relief efforts in honor of Hunger Awareness Month

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 8:38am

     Watauga Residential College students enrolled in Professor Patience Perry's general education course entitled Investigations Local: The Sacred and the Profane, examined applications of stewardship for creation as a mode of transformation to help support local relief efforts by way of canned food drive as a culmination of their service-learning experiences.  Students within this course utilized the ASU Edible Schoolyard as a living laboratory while engaging with the Hospitality House as a partner in an exploration of how sacredness coalesces with food, faith, and community.

     These students have worked bi-monthly with Rachel Davis in the Kitchen to serve meals, organize stock, and support clean up efforts.  They also worked with Lauri Wilson in the Hospitality House Gardens cultivating organic vegetable beds, harvesting produce, managing insects, and tending chickens.  

      Freshman Meghan Nyberg and Lyndsay Ellis have been instrumental in this process of researching successful food drives and valued donations,organizing volunteer services, advertising, collecting, and tallying results.  These student volunteers went beyond the call of duty to provide adequate suppport for those being assisted by Hospitality House by  working shifts at The Market at Trivette to solicit donations from the greater campus community.  They even elected to prolong the food drive until after Fall Break to enable students to go home to their respective communities and generate support from there as well.  One student enlisted the help of her church in these efforts.  Others received contributions from their family and friends. 

    The goal was to amass 200 lbs of food in preparation for the winter months ahead.  Collected items varied including quick prepare-meals in a box, canned meats and vegetables, boxed or canned soups, pasta and sauces, snacks, and cereals among others.

   Congratualtions and thanks to these students for their commitment to betting our community through service learning and community partnerships.