Oct. 31, 2012. According to the U.S. Census, 21.2 percent of people in Watauga County are living in poverty. But there is a way you can help decrease this statistic. The Appalachian State University Student Ambassadors are hosting their annual canned food drive, themed “Beat Hunger.”
The canned food drive is a university-wide initiative that helps relieve hunger and give back to the surrounding community. All cans donated go directly to the Watauga Hunger and Health Coalition, benefiting families in Watauga, Avery and Ashe counties. Last year, the canned food drive raised more than 9,000 pounds of food. The ambassadors want to build upon this record donation.
During the week of Nov. 5-9, the Student Ambassadors will have donation tables located outside of both campus markets.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. you can drop off non-perishable food items outside of the market in the campus bookstore.
Between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. items may be donated outside of the market in Trivette dining hall.
On Nov. 3 and 11 you can donate items outside of Ingles grocery store between noon and 3 p.m.
On Nov. 4 and 11 you can donate items outside of Food Lion on Highway 321 between noon and 3 p.m.
Also, bring your items to the Nov. 10 Appalachian State football game, and the Ambassadors will collect them on your way into the stadium.
As an incentive, the “Beat Hunger” canned food drive offers various raffle prizes for students who donate. The top prize provides a lucky ASU student with two tickets to the Chancellor’s Suite for the Black Saturday football game against Furman University and lunch with Chancellor Peacock at a later date. Everyone who donates will also be entered to win gift certificates to restaurants and local businesses.