New campaign will help combat food insecurity on campus

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Roadrunners have an easy new way to combat food insecurity on campus: the Swipe Out Hunger campaign. Developed in partnership with Campus Services, UTSA Dining and the Roadrunner Pantry, the campaign allows meal plan holders to donate unused meals to help students in need.

In the university’s first ever Swipe Out Hunger campaign, meal plan users can donate up to two meals using the GET mobile app to manage their UTSACard, Dining Dollars and more. The app includes a digital version of a student’s university ID, which can be scanned at all dining venues. Students in need of meal assistance can request donated meals through the Roadrunner Pantry’s Meal Share Assistance program.

‘This campaign is a great opportunity for all meal plan holders to be personally involved in helping their fellow Roadrunners. Food insecurity is an increasingly critical issue on college campuses, and we are excited to be one of the first universities to use the GET app in conjunction with Swipe Out Hunger,’ said Kevin Price, senior associate vice president for housing and campus services. ‘By donating just two meals, students can make a huge difference in meeting the projected need on our campus.’

UTSA Dining will match donations throughout the month of February, meaning that every donated meal will result in two meals provided to students in need. ‘UTSA Dining is passionate about reducing food insecurity, and we are excited to launch this initiative with our campus partners,’ said Joel Cecil, resident district manager. ‘By coming together, our Roadrunners can do amazing things.’

Serving as the student voices of the campaign are senior public health major Natalie Malluru and sophomore biomedical engineering major Yohannes Akiel, both members of the Top Scholar program. Malluru and Akiel share a passion for helping others and will provide critical support to the campaign by educating their fellow Roadrunners about food insecurities and how the campus community can come together to provide relief.”

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