For four years, the
HPU Food Bank has held an ongoing drive for food to assist
those in the HPU community who need temporarily help.
The HPU Food Bank was created by HPU Chaplain, Rev. Dale Burke,
who noticed that many students were going hungry because they
couldn’t afford food. “They couldn’t get by
because they had not gotten their paycheck yet,” Burke
said. He said many students sought him after chapel services
and asked him where they could go for help. Even faculty and
staff were referring students to him because he was the university
Chaplain. Most requests were for food, Burke said.
Burke started gathering
canned goods from people in the HPU community to temporarily
assist the students who needed help, and other organizations
connected with HPU joined in. Word spread that they were collecting
food and helping needy students, and the HPU Food Bank was born.
Groups such as Circle K International, Fantasy Gamers, ASHPU,
the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and others still
help out by collecting food and money for food.
Anyone in the HPU community who is temporarily in need of food
can ask Rev. Burke for temporary food assistance. The process
is anonymous and confidential, so no one needs to be embarrassed
about seeking help, Burke said.
Located in Rev. Burke’s office in UB 1506, the HPU Food
Bank cabinets are always stocked. But with the holidays around
the corner, they need to be replenished. Various food drives
will be held, but donations are welcome all the time. Call
Rev. Burke at 544-9394 for more information.
Burke said he is “thankful for the support of the HPU community
for making important contributions to student life,” he
said. He added, “at Thanksgiving, no one at HPU should