ACU freshmen collect 20,000 pounds of food for community


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August 23, 2001

While most college students are known for consuming meals, Abilene Christian University students spent Monday afternoon generating meals - 13,000 of them.

As part of a food drive for the Food Bank of Abilene, nearly 1400 ACU students collected more than 20,000 pounds of food, which translates to 13,000 meals, said Jodi Houston, Food Bank director.

Students visited neighborhoods across Abilene Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. to collect food, and then met at the food bank to drop it off. The total amount of food collected was 13,457 pounds, plus $657 which can be used to buy 6,570 pounds of food. That comes to a total of 20,027 pounds,

"That's very impressive," Houston said. "It's amazing to think that in only two hours they were able to make such a huge impact on the community."

This giant "Feed the Hungry" community service project was part of Welcome Week, Aug. 21-26, an annual time for freshmen and transfer students to bond with each other and prepare for the academic year.

Each year Welcome Week emphasizes the importance of service as a part of the college experience, and this year students served by going door-to-door across Abilene collecting non-perishable foods for the food bank.

Nancy Coburn, director of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at ACU, said she had hoped the students would collect 10,000 pounds.

"Our goal was 10,000 pounds, though we weren't sure if that was even realistic," Coburn said. "We more than doubled that. It was a great day. We hope this will become a Welcome Week tradition."

Welcome Week activities continue through Sunday with the first day of school set for Monday. The university's 96th session will officially commence with Opening Ceremonies at 11 a.m. Monday in Moody Coliseum.

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