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Donate Your Extra Meal Points To Students In Need During ‘Earth Week’

As the semester quickly comes to the end, you may find yourself with a few extra dining dollars burning a hole in your pocket. Think about all of the possibilities: tons of Creamery ice cream, extra coffee for finals week, or maybe an extra slice of pizza from Sbarro.

However, between April 19 and 23, students could perhaps do something a lot more meaningful with their surplus from mom and dad: donate some of those meal points to the Student Emergency Fund.

The Student Emergency Fund provides short-term assistance to students experiencing crisis situations. During this week in April, any time students dine on campus, they will have the opportunity to participate in the “Swipe Out Hunger” event by donating $5, $10, or $15 from their campus meal plans.

To get in on the action, all you’ll need to do is let your cashier know as you check out of any dining commons across campus.

“Swipe Out Hunger” is a national nonprofit committed to ending hunger among college students. The program has been implemented at more than 130 colleges and universities across the country.

“This partnership follows recommendations from Penn State President Eric Barron’s Housing and Food Security Task Force,” Anna Sostarecz, Penn State Food Service’s sustainability coordinator said in a release. “And we’re especially excited to partner with Swipe Out Hunger after piloting our own iteration of a dining dollar donation program in 2019. This event highlights some of the human or social elements of sustainability: Caring for each other is an integral part of sustaining the Earth.”

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Dana June Nunemacher

Dana is a redshirt freshman, who is studying public relations. She is from the 570 and her favorite Office quote is "DID I STUTTER". Her passions in life include drinking unsweetened iced tea and spreading her love for agriculture (yee haw)! Ask Dana about storming the field at the 2016 White Out because that was her peak. Send any cow pictures or complaints to [email protected]

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