Donate a meal, help combat student hunger Oct. 20

donor to diner streamUAB is partnering with the Donor to Diner One Meal Initiative (D2D) to take the bite out of student food insecurity on campus. Employees and students can contribute $5 via Blazer Bucks, Dining Dollars, cash or credit card or donate a meal from their meal plan to provide a meal for a fellow Blazer 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Commons on the Green.

“Food insecurity is a serious issue facing our nation, particularly college students,” said Rich Yokeley, UAB Campus Dining resident district manager. “Campus Dining is deeply invested in stop-hunger programs, and we are happy to continue our support of the student-developed Donor to Diner One Meal Initiative here on campus.” 

This past academic year, more than 900 meal vouchers were collected and distributed through the Donor to Diner initiative.

D2D was established in 2015 as a joint venture by UAB administration, Campus Dining and UAB Student Outreach. Through D2D, donations are converted into meal vouchers that UAB case managers distribute to students with need. This past academic year, more than 900 meal vouchers were collected and distributed through the D2D initiative.

“After learning about collegiate food insecurity and hearing that UAB students were being affected by this issue, I knew I had to get involved and become an advocate,” said Tanner Earley, president of D2D. “The purpose of the One Meal Initiative, as well as Donor to Diner, is to provide an organized way for students to help each other. We are grateful for the support of UAB administration and Campus Dining who have helped us make this a reality.”