BLOOMSBURG— At the end of each academic year, students of Bloomsburg University have the option of donating their unused FLEX dollars from their dining accounts, so food and household items could be purchased to support the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. FLEX is money used for purchases at campus dining venues beyond a student’s set number of meals each week.
This year Bloomsburg University students donated more than $8,000 allowing ARAMARK, the campus dining service, to purchase items for the Food Cupboard.
Martha Sheehe, director of the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, is thankful for the students giving back in such a meaningful way.
“The donations are wonderful for us,” said Sheehe. “We are grateful to the students who donate and to Aramark who tries to send as much individually portioned foods as possible. We use that for our weekend food backpack program for Bloomsburg School District elementary students. So the college students feed the elementary students. It's very cool.”
Dione Somerville, BU’s vice president for student affairs, knows this is just one of many ways students give back to the community they call home for nine months of the year.
“Each year BU students donate both their time and money to multiple causes in town,” said Somerville. “Most often, it goes unnoticed to the general public, but our students do a lot of good in the community.”
Over the last two years, Bloomsburg University students have donated more than $15,000 to the program.
Nick Wiest, Aramark’s resident district manager for Bloomsburg University dining, is thrilled at the spirit of giving shown by BU students.
“This is my first year working at Bloomsburg University, but this is a wonderful program which I hope we can grow even more next year,” says Wiest. “My sincere thank you to all the students who donated their FLEX Dollars to make this donation possible and help our community.”