Pay It Forward program launched at Sonoma State University

April 16, 2019
Pay it Forward SSU

Sonoma State University has launched a “Pay it Forward” program to help students experiencing financial as well as food insecurities. The program will provide meals to those in need through sharing donations of loyalty cards — punch cards that, when completed, can be used to purchase smoothies, sandwiches and coffee on campus.

Loyalty cards can be obtained at university culinary venues. To make a donation of a completed one, donation boxes also will be available at these same locations. Cards will be distributed to students at Lobo’s Food Pantry when they pick up their food supplies.

“Through many campus partnerships, Sonoma State University is helping pave the way to a more stable educational environment for all students,” said Stacy Heldman-Holguin, associate vice president for Student Affairs.

This program is a part of the Sonoma State’s Basic Needs Program that includes integrated support for students who are food insecure. The program includes the Lobo’s Food Pantry, CalFresh application support, emergency hot meals in The Kitchen’s, short-term emergency housing, emergency loans, and now sharing of University Culinary Services loyalty cards.

For more information, visit Student Affairs.

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