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Donate Extra Meal Points To Students In Need Beginning April 18

If you’re finding yourself with some extra meal points as the semester winds down, you now have the chance to put them to good use.

Between April 18 and 22, Penn State is hosting its annual “Swipe Out Hunger” event in collaboration with the Student Emergency Fund. During the week, students can donate $5, $10, or $15 from their meal plans at any on-campus dining facility to help their fellow classmates. The option is available through Penn State Eats mobile ordering, too.

Students purchasing a meal at a dining commons can get involved by simply telling the cashier that they’d like to donate.

“Swipe Out Hunger” is a national nonprofit that works to end hunger at more than 400 colleges and universities across the country. At Penn State, members of Housing and Food Services, Student Affairs, and Lion’s Pantry work to aid the event.

Donations will help Penn State’s Student Emergency Fund address food and housing security, homelessness, and unforeseen emergencies. The money can give students short-term financial aid as Student Care and Advocacy staff search for more permanent solutions.

“The power of this program is palatable — students helping students,” Anna Barone, director of Student Care and Advocacy, said in a release. “Each dollar donated to the Student Emergency Fund helps students in need feel more secure, able to cover the costs of their basic, daily needs, and improve their ability to focus on learning and connecting. A Penn State experience should not just be about surviving but thriving.”

Visit Penn State’s website to learn more about resources available for students facing financial challenges or difficulties with other basic needs.

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