Program allows students to donate flex passes from meal plans
The University of Connecticut’s Dining Services and Community Outreach raised about $6,332.50 for local non-profit organizations during the fall semester’s “Give a Meal” initiative.
According to a report from UConn’s student publication, The Daily Campus, dining services collected a total of 2,533 meal swipes this semester, marking a significant decrease from last spring’s figure. The raw food cost for each flex pass swipe collected carries an equivalent value of $2.50.
During the dinner period, students were asked to donate one flex pass from their meal plan, with proceeds going to the local Covenant Soup Kitchen, the No Freeze Project, the Mansfield Shelter and UConn Community Outreach Alternative Break Transportation Funding.
University officials say that UConn dining services has run the program once per semester for nearly thirty years. The event was advertised across campus in all eight of UConn’s dining halls, on the dining services’ website, and on the UConn Student Daily Digest. University dining services limits the “Give a Meal” program to once per semester because the donation comes directly from the university’s meal plan revenue.