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Students' meal card donations to food pantries hinder colleges' bottom lines

Students' meal card donations to food pantries hinder colleges' bottom lines

While studying at Northwestern University, Bryan Berger and Dean Meisel considered themselves somewhat detached from the community that had become their school-year hometown, Evanston.

In an effort to give back to their college community, Berger, of New Jersey, and Meisel, of Florida, pitched the idea to dining service administrators of converting excess credits on students' university meal cards to food pantry donations in Evanston.

It turns out that someone else had thought of that already, although not at Northwestern. The two friends decided to join forces with Swipe Out Hunger by starting Points for a Purpose, the NU chapter of the growing national nonprofit that guides...

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