Otter Eats program alerts students about free food on campus

by Juan Reyes

The Basic Needs Initiative group at CSU Monterey Bay recently introduced another new program aimed to alleviate hunger called Otter Eats. The new mobile-based program invites students to show up to the last 20 minutes of campus events to eat leftover food.

CSU Monterey Bay students can text the word “EATS” to 76626 and they will receive live alerts on their phone when food is available on campus. The live alerts also let students know about other Basic Needs Initiative events happening such as a food pantry day. So far, 353 students have signed up for Otter Eats and it keeps growing.