WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —Due to the economic state of the country more and more people are experiencing hunger and food insecurity caused by lack of food. Sometimes people don’t even know when the next time they will be able to eat again. Some of these people live in our own communities, and they might be experiencing these aches without our knowing their circumstances.
University of the Cumberlands (UC) students, faculty and staff came to the aid of these individuals throughout the community when they participated in their annual Holiday Food Drive. Students from across the university collected non-perishable food items to donate to the local food pantry.
Athletic Director Randy Vernon said this about the athletic department’s efforts, “I am always very happy to have our sports programs help the community in any way possible,” said Vernon. “Our contribution this year will help a lot of families during the rough times around the holiday season.”
The food pantry is set up locally through First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Ky. to provide needy families from the community with food throughout the holiday season to be able to enjoy the holidays and feel God’s blessings. This is the 6th consecutive year that UC has participated in helping to provide as many canned goods as
“This makes a big difference with so many people hurting out there,” says Norma Dunston, director of the First Baptist Church food pantry. “Last year we served 53 families and expect to serve more this year because of the distribution from UC. We at First Baptist seek to serve those in our area struggling with high unemployment and high poverty rates. It is an inspiration not only to us but to the recipients of the food that higher education creates not only better opportunities but bigger hearts.”
Cumberlands collected a total of 7,368 lbs. and donations were made from all around the campus and the Williamsburg community. Drop-off points were established in every dormitory and in on-campus sites for commuters and faculty and staff, and sites were set up at the local Sav-A-Lot where a lot of food was donated.
“Jesus told us that if we are to follow him we will care for those who are hungry, thirsty, needing clothes and shelter,” said Dean Whitaker, director of Baptist Campus Ministries. “He made it clear that whatever we do for the least, we are doing it for Him. What a simple act it is to share out of our abundance of food.”
It is for the cause the students worked so hard, and it is hoped that each year more students will get involved in helping feed the hungry.
“My desire is for myself and our community to begin to share, then eventually, to share sacrificially as well,” said Whitaker.
Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.