TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– A tradition of over thirty years returned Sunday at United Campus Ministries.

Their annual barbeque fundraiser helps the church support all of the activities they do throughout the year. It also has a big part in supplying food for their pantry to help college students in need.

This event has grown so much over the years that they have had to move locations in order to welcome everyone in.

Dawn Black is the campus minister for United Campus Ministries, and she explains the importance of their food pantry on campus.

“I think it’s a surprise for them when they go off to school and to not have that initial support for themselves. We are there for them to help them get through their education and go on to be awesome people in society.”

Black also wanted to add that they welcome all students with open arms if they are thinking about wanting to join their church.

“Our church revolves around the welcoming environment we have. We want students on campus to know that we are here for them if they are ever thinking about wanting to join a local church,” added Black.

The student food pantry is open Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the school year.