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Dining Services Helps Fight Hunger in New Hampshire

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Dining Services is in the business of feeding hungry students. In the past, they also have helped out the university community by donating surplus food to the Waysmeet Center prior to winter break. Before this year’s holiday recess, they extended their efforts by helping to feed the hungry in New Hampshire.

Through an inaugural partnership with the Kellogg Corporation, UNH Dining secured 40 cases of cereal for the NH Food Bank. That works out to about 6,400 bowls of cereal, and for a food pantry that distributes more than 7 million pounds of food annually, every bowl makes a difference.

Beginning two weeks prior to Thanksgiving and extending until classes ended in December, Dining Services kept track of every bowl of Kellogg’s cereal students ate. Kellogg matched that consumption with its donation to the food bank for a gross contribution equivalent to 500 boxes of cereal.

Jon Plodzik, director of Dining Services, says that when Kellogg representatives came to him and introduced Kellogg’s Food Away From Home promotion, UNH Dining didn’t hesitate to get onboard.

“We were pleased to participate with them to help those in need,” Plodzik says. “I just thought it was a great idea.”

The collaboration also gave students the chance to aid in a good cause.

“They really seem to have a community spirit about them and this really hit a subject that they cared about.  It led to other conversations about us donating food to other groups,” Plodzik says.