||December 9, 2013
||David Mance, Media Relations Coordinator, 509-865-0731 or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heritage University student group delivers "Pantry of Hope" to help less fortunate families
Toppenish, WA — Heritage University students are helping hundreds of less fortunate families in the Yakima Valley have a merrier holiday season through its “Pantry of Hope” campaign, now in its fourth year.
The event, spearheaded by the student business club Enactus, involves support from numerous student clubs and organizations across the campus. Over the past several months, the students applied for corporate grants, as well as worked with grocery stores and local farmers to get items needed for the event.
Those efforts culminate this week as they pick up food and other items from sponsors who’ve donated to the event. They will also spend the grant money they’ve received to buy additional goods and materials.
On Friday, December 13th, Smith Family Hall at Heritage University in Toppenish will be abuzz with students packaging hundreds of food boxes filled with turkeys and non-perishable food items including rice, beans and other canned goods. Also included in the boxes will be toiletries and personal hygiene items.
The students will distribute the food boxes on Saturday, December 14. Families will receive the boxes in one of two ways. They can pick them up at the Toppenish Food Bank located at 4 North “B” Street in Toppenish beginning at 8 a.m. Additionally Enactus students will deliver food boxes to some families’ homes.
Heritage University student Sagrario Leon is the Vice President of International Initiatives for Heritage Enactus. Leon says in four years, the number of families helped through the “Pantry of Hope” has grown from 100 to more than 350.
“Many of these families work in the agriculture industry, and during the winter there are limited agricultural jobs available. So the Pantry of Hope comes at a good time, and provides help to these families during the holiday season. We as students and community members want to show that we care for our neighbors who have a need,” says Leon.
Along with the holiday help, families participate in a student-organized program where family members learn how to create and live on a budget.
For more information contact: Arturo Santana, Enactus Retention and Recruitment Officer at 509-831-1740 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sagrario Leon at 509-594-5459 email@example.com.