Student 2 Student, a newly launched meal plan program created in partnership with Bama Dining, the Parents Association, Dean of Students and the Student Government Association, will allow students to donate meal plans to other students in hardship.
The idea for the program came about in October after board members of the Parents Association noticed that some students were failing to use all of the meal plans they’d purchased at the beginning of the semester.
“We got together with Bama Dining and asked how we could utilize some of these meals to assist students in need, and this program became the result,” said Sara Hartley, assistant director of parent programs.
Hartley said she believes the program helps foster stronger relationships between students at the University.
“Student 2 Student can really help form a sense of community on campus,” she said. “Whether a student is donating a meal or receiving a meal, the sense of family that each student feels through Student 2 Student makes a huge difference in their UA experience.”
The program launched this summer, and more than 110 meals were donated to the program, Kristina Hopton-Jones, director of the University Dining Service, said.
“We were very pleased with the number of donated meals we received over the summer and hope that the number will only increase,” she said.