BOONE, N.C. — 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.
A survey conducted by Appalachian’s Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management during the 2015–16 academic year found that 46.2 percent of Appalachian students had experienced food insecurity over the previous year.
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.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About the College of Fine and Applied Arts
Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments, bringing together a variety of perspectives, experiences and real-world education to provide unique opportunities for student success. The college has more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate majors. Its departments are Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance. Learn more at https://faa.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.