UAPB Shares the Spirit of Thanksgiving with the Community

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Office of Student Involvement and Leadership coordinated the campus’ Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the parking lot of the Kenneth L. Johnson Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Complex.

Registered student organizations, academic schools, and institutional departments partnered to provide over 100 decorated boxes to ease the burdens of households in need.

Donations included frozen turkeys, hams, non-perishable items, fresh produce, disposable flatware, and dinnerware. Members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, and the UAPB Black Male Achievers handled distributing donations to community partners, such as Neighbor to Neighbor, Incorporated.

Interested in Volunteering?

Since 1984, Neighbor to Neighbor has served Jefferson County as a food pantry and soup kitchen, serving all visitors a hot, nutritious lunch every weekday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. As a participant in the USDA Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Neighbor to Neighbor also provides monthly food bags to senior citizens 55+ and offers emergency food and utility assistance to disadvantaged families.

 “Giving back is a great way for our students to know the Pine Bluff community and its citizens. For many, this will be their home after college. Having a broad, open-minded perspective of the different walks of life will help them to be progressive and engaged citizens”, according to Frank D. Dorsey, II, UAPB Dean of Student Involvement & Leadership.

Neighbor to Neighbor, Incorporated welcomes volunteers from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM every weekday. Right now, organizations are needed to assist with sorting donations and creating food bags for the upcoming holiday season. Interested group leaders are encouraged to stop by the 1419 S. Pine Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas pantry. UAPB students wanting to get more involved on campus can stop by the Office of Student Affairs in room 209 of the Administration Building.

Happy Thanksgiving to all from the Pride!

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