The Associated Student Government, in collaboration with Chartwells and the Volunteer Action Center, raised 5,386 donations during the fall 2019 meal swipe donation drive, surpassing their goal of 3,000.
Program coordinators will distribute the meal swipes once they determine the most efficient way to do so, said ASG Chief of Staff Arianna Kiaei, who headed the project. She and her team are researching ways to make the application process more direct for students in need of meal swipes, because in previous semesters, it was difficult to keep a record of how many students received donations, she said.
The team is leaning toward an anonymous online request form that program coordinators would send to the Campus Card Office so students could have meal swipes loaded onto their student accounts instantly, Kiaei said.
When the request system is up to date, Students will be able to redeem their meal swipes at any Chartwells dining hall or meal trade location on campus, Kiaei said.
Information on the updated request system will be available in the coming weeks for those in need of meals, according to a Jan. 14 tweet by ASG.
This was the program’s most successful semester yet, Kiaei said.
“I’m excited because it shows the growth in this program, and it shows that the students care,” Kiaei said.
In spring 2019, program coordinators collected 867 meals and $840 through meal swipe, cash and Dining Dollars donations.
ASG members raised about 200 meals in 2013 during the first meal donation drive, according to a 2013 ASG report.