Ashland University Freshmen to Help Community Give Back

Ashland University Freshmen to Help Community Give Back

8/12/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Incoming Ashland University students will participate in the largest food drive in Ashland County on Aug. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

For the 12th straight year, students will participate in FEED ASHLAND (formerly known as AU G.I.V.S - Ashland University Gets Involved in Volunteer Service), as part of the Orientation Weekend program at the university.

Students will walk in small groups to approximately 1,300 homes along designated routes within walking distance of the university to collect food items that will be donated to the Ashland County Food Bank.

Plastic bags for the food items have been donated by Buehler’s Fresh Foods and were distributed to homes on Saturday, Aug. 10, by the University’s residence directors and resident assistants. Each bag comes with a letter from Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks asking local residents to donate and to greet students when they stop at their homes.

“We want students to be an integral part of their new community, recognize the importance of community service and learn that Ashland, Ohio, is Someplace Special,” Finks wrote in the letter.

On the day of FEED ASHLAND, students will walk around in small groups to collect the donated items from each home, either from the residents in person or through the item-filled bags that are left beside their front doors.

Typically more than 110 boxes of food are donated to the Ashland County Food Bank through this event. Last year, the Food Bank, along with Associated Charities, served more than 19,000 individuals in the community.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###