May 28, 2023

UMW Student Donations Help Area Food Bank

Many University of Mary Washington students had not used all the meals on their dining plans by the end of the semester.

They didn’t waste them.

UMW dining services officials enabled students to donate 10 meals last week in exchange for a turkey for the local food bank.

All students had to do was write their names and meal card numbers on a slip of paper.

“I printed 300 slips and within a couple hours, they were all gone,” said Rose Benedict, marketing specialist for UMW dining services, which is run by Sodexho.  Read The Free Lance-Star article.

By the end of the week, almost 1,000 students had contributed unused meals.

So on Wednesday, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank accepted 1,000 turkeys, weighing a total of 13,000 pounds. Sysco, UMW’s primary food supplier, delivered the birds, and a few UMW students showed up for a photo-op.

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