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Goal is to Collect More than 250,000 Pounds of Food

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is hosting a large-scale food drive on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

UNCSA hopes to raise 250,000 pounds of food through its food drive.

The Food Drive kicks off with a Talent Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Crawford Hall on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem. Admission to the show will be granted for non-perishable food donations. One item is required for UNCSA students, two for all other students, and five for all adults wishing to attend the showcase. Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m.

A “food drop” will take place on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the UNCSA Fitness Center, also on campus. The drop will be in the form of drive-through service, allowing donors to make their donations without having to leave their cars. (Student volunteers, UNCSA Police and lighted signs will be on hand to help direct people to the drop area.)

Also on Saturday, the UNCSA Fitness Center is sponsoring a two-hour “Zumbathon” from 10 a.m. to noon. Two non-perishable food items will cover admission to the fitness class and 20 or more items will reserve a spot in the front two rows.

UNCSA has teamed up with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) to conduct large-scale food drives on each campus to supply local food banks in their respective locations. Each is conducting a large-scale food drive around this time of year.

“Over the next several years, the vision is to recruit additional schools or universities throughout the state,” said UNCSA Housing Facilities Administrator Ramona Richmond, co-coordinator for the food drive. “The goal of the project is to supply all food banks across North Carolina.”

“Last year, NCSSM collected 559,885 pounds of food which set a Guinness World Record for the most food collected in a 24-hour period,” added UNCSA High School Residence Life Coordinator Leah Dula Brown, food drive co-coordinator.

“Although UNCSA does not plan to set a world record,” said Brown, “we do plan to have a significant impact within our community!”

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.