In honor of their 50th anniversaries, the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts and Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University will host a goods drive focused on the “3 P’s” — personal care items, pasta, and peanut butter and jelly/jams — for Appalachian’s campus food pantry and free store, located in the Office of Sustainability.
The drive, called “500 for the 50th,” will take place Oct. 1–31 with a goal of collecting at least 500 personal care and/or food items.
The three colleges were formed in 1968, when Appalachian State Teachers College became Appalachian State University.
Together, the colleges are honoring their anniversaries by giving back to the Appalachian Community through gathering necessities and goods to help students in their times of need.
Appalachian’s food pantry — which started as a rolling cart and grew to a well-organized, 75-square-foot space with wooden shelves — opened during the 2016–17 academic year in response to the survey’s findings.
Appalachian’s food pantry and free store, located in the Office of Sustainability on the bottom floor of East Hall, offers nonperishable staples, as well as fresh bread and seasonal, locally sourced fruits and vegetables as available. The free store is a resource for members of the Appalachian Community to exchange clothing and goods as needed, including casualwear, dressier items and apparel for job or internship interviews.
To learn more about these resources and other donation items to contribute, visit https://sustain.appstate.edu/initiatives/food-pantry. To make a monetary donation, click here.