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WVSU to Conduct Food Drive at First Home Football Game for Governor’s Day to Serve

WVSU to Conduct Food Drive at First Home Football Game for Governor’s Day to Serve

9/13/2013
 
Contact: Jack Bailey
(304) 766-4109
jbaile19@wvstateu.edu
Sept. 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
WVSU to Conduct Food Drive at First Home Football Game for Governor’s Day to Serve

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) students will conduct a food drive at the Yellow Jackets first home football game of the season Saturday, Sept. 21, as part of the Governor’s Day to Serve.

Students will collect items for Manna Meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lakin Field as the WVSU Yellow Jackets will take on the West Liberty Hilltoppers beginning at 1 p.m.

Donations will be accepted at the front gate, and those who donate will receive a discounted price for the cost of admission to the football game from $5 to $2.

“West Virginia State University is committed to service,” said Kellie Toledo, director of Collegiate Support and Counseling Services for WVSU. “This is a great way to get as many people as possible involved in helping Manna Meal.”

Suggestions for donations include: any non-perishable food items such as canned goods, cereal, potato flakes, condiments or pasta; beverages; or sugar and spices. 

Manna Meal was created in 1976 by the pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston. The organization has served over 1.5 million meals in the last 37 years. Manna Meal is solely dependent on contributions from the community, since it is not a governmental program. The success of the program relies on the financial generosity of individuals, religious communities, corporations and business.

Governor Tomblin has encouraged all West Virginians to organize projects and volunteer at least one day between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 as part of Day to Serve, the second annual effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service.

“By volunteering in our communities, we each have the opportunity to experience immense personal growth while preserving our state's longstanding tradition of neighbor helping neighbor,” Governor Tomblin said. “Through our collective efforts, we will provide much-needed assistance in our hometowns and ensure a brighter future for West Virginia.”

For more information, contact Kellie Toledo at (304) 766-3262 or toledoke@wvstateu.edu.
 
West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
 
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