University of the Cumberlands is deeply grateful for the generous donations by Save A Lot, who recently donated 1,500 pounds of food to the University to assist local food banks during the holiday season.

The donation occurs during Cumberlands’ annual food drive, which has raised more than 61,000 pounds of food for those in need over the past three years.

“The Save A Lot, Winchester, KY Distribution Center team is excited to partner with University of the Cumberlands on such a great cause,” said Brooks Napier, Director of Distribution Operations. “We service stores in six states, with the majority right here in the bluegrass. We take pride in supporting our communities both near and far. We’re not just shipping cases, we’re delivering someone’s meal.”

This is the first time Save A Lot has donated food during the University’s food drive, though the company has partnered with Cumberlands on other initiatives in the past. Dr. Emily Coleman, Vice President of Student Services at Cumberlands, oversees the food drive and is greatly appreciative of the company’s contribution. 

“This is a huge donation that will make a significant effect on local families,” said Coleman. “Cumberlands distributes the food we raise to local foodbanks. It is remarkable receiving such generous contributions like this and knowing that, through this food, we are changing the lives of people who may be struggling.”

This year’s food drive at Cumberlands is themed “Miracle Dish,” based off the Biblical account when Jesus fed 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. The University has set weekly donation goals (for example, 100 boxes of pasta or 200 cans of corn) to ensure that items from multiple food groups are gathered, helping pantries provide healthy, complete meals to local families. 

Any community members are welcome to drop off food items in Cumberlands’ Office of Student Services, if they feel led. Community partners can coordinate large donations with the University by contacting Dr. Coleman at 606.539.4231. The food drive concludes November 15.