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Food drive donates 1500+ meals to community

Through “The Impact: Hunger-Free Project,” students were able to donate their “meal swipes” to the less fortunate.  A food drive, organized by the Department of Student Activities and Civic Engagement in conjunction with the LamarAlive! Student Activities Board, nearly 1500 meals were collected during the event.

“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said Michael Wilkinson, associate director of Student Activities and Civic Engagement. “The hard work and dedication to this cause by our student body is second to none. A smile will be brought to the faces of many in Southeast Texas.”

When Lamar University students register for classes and purchase a meal plan for the semester, they receive a Cardinal One card. This card allows students to access meals by swiping their card at the dining hall or other campus eateries, referred to by students as meal swipes.

A donation booth was located in front of the Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall at noon where students could donate meal swipes. Once the event was over, the dining hall officials tallied the total number of swipes each student donated for an equivalent value of meals to be donated to various local non-profit agencies and charities.

“The idea for this initiative was to provide our students a way to use their meal plans in a way that is beneficial to both them and the community,” said Luke Harris, graduate assistant for the Department of Student Activities and Civic Engagement. “The number of swipes donated signifies the charitable nature of the student body at Lamar and how supportive they are of the Golden Triangle.”

Other organizations, including the African Student Association and Man Up, helped by publicizing the event as well as assisting the day of the event by collecting meal swipes. Harris said the department expects to make the food drive an annual tradition at Lamar.

“Each organization involved played a major role in this event,” said Harris. “We are grateful for the gigantic support we received from the LU student body. One of our main goals in the department is to get students involved and engaged with community service.  Giving students the opportunity to voluntarily give meals to the less fortunate also gives students a chance to significantly contribute positively to somebody else's life.”