Stop Hunger Campaign provides meals for Utica College students in need

Students and staff at Utica College are working on a campaign to see that no student goes hungry.

Posted: Apr 29, 2021 5:01 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2021 5:08 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The college semester at Utica College is coming to an end, but unfortunately so is the end of the credit on some student’s meal cards. College officials know this because they see more student’s taking advantage of the food pantry at the college.

The Stop Hunger Campaign goal was to raise 500 meals for students who happened to run out of credit on their meal cards, and it didn’t take long before the college exceeded their goal.

Damian Boehlert is the Director of Food Service at Utica College. He said "It took three days, and we got over 980 meals in 3 days. It was again amazing, and everybody that came through that door wanted to donate."

Damian says this year the college added a meal match. Any student or staff member could add a meal to the campaign using their own meal card, or even pay cash. Students like Corey Evans were happy to give.

"Why not. I mean you’re helping people out getting them a free meal, getting them some food in their stomach. Everybody’s happier when they eat," said Evans.

The program doesn’t go into effect until May 1, however there has been some students that have been provided a meal or two since their cards have already hit their limit. 

Any money or meals that aren’t used by the end of this semester will roll over into the next semester or until all the funds have been used up. The program raised over a thousand meals. 

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