First year Hastings College students are hoping to collect non-perishable food items to help others in the community.
New students start moving onto campus today, and as part of New Student Days the college has had a community service project component for many years.
The goal is to get students to focus on helping different organizations. This year, all students are helping one organization by collecting non-perishable food, hygiene and household items to be donated to the Adams County Food Pantry.
The service project also connects the theme of food with the students first-year course and the annual campus-wide Artist Lecture Series.
Students will collect food Saturday between 9 and 11 a.m. All items will be collected at HC’s Physical Fitness Facility, 903 E. 9th Street, weighed and delivered to the Adams County Food Pantry in upcoming weeks. The goal is to donate 8,000 pounds of items to the pantry.
Nearly 8,500 plastic bags with instructions were left on the doorsteps of homes throughout Hastings by members of HC’s football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Any Hastings resident who did not receive a bag or whose bag is not picked up on Saturday may contact the Hastings College Office of Student Affairs at 402-461-7305 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Donations may also be made at the Adams County Food Pantry office, 918 W. 4th St., Suite 100.
Items the pantry will accept including: Peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, boxes and instant potatoes, cereal, Jell-O, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, crackers, canned soups, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pancake mix, syrup, canned tuna, dish soap, bath soap, toilet tissue, shampoo.