Otter Eats program alerts students about free food on campus

by Juan Reyes

Photo: Joanna Snawder-Manzo, Care Manager at the CSU Monterey Bay Dean of Students Office hands out burritos to CSU Monterey Bay students Bryan Velazquez, Michaela Decker and Dean Pajongvirotjanasakui on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. CSUMB students get a breakfast burrito, juice and/or coffee during a National Food Day event sponsored by the Basic Needs Committee. [Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald]

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.

  • World Hunger Education
    Service
    P.O. Box 29015
    Washington, D.C. 20017
  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
    • Advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
    • Facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
    • Promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.

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