Our Work

 

One Meal Can Change a Life

 
Donor to Diner (D2D) was created in 2013 to aid and advocate for economically disadvantaged college students who do not have consistent access to food (food insecurity). We have partnered with various universities through our chapters to implement food drives and other events to serve a group that is often overlooked, our peers. We are the first and only organization whose sole purpose is to fight collegiate hunger.
 
 
UAB D2D members promoting awareness of student hunger on campus

 

Programs


D2D chapters seek to reduce student hunger within campus. Each chapter addresses the specific needs of its student population; thus, each chapter achieves this shared goal differently. We have established campus food pantries and host a meal donation program called the One Meal Initiative.

 

The One Meal Initiative, first launched at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in coalition with UAB administration and Sodexo. In March 2016, Sodexo's generous support of our One Meal Initiative program has been publicly recognized as a primary reason for UAB's decision to renew Sodexo's contract. Read the article here. Our partnership with Sodexo is the first and only of this kind.

 

 

Advocacy

 

In addition to aiding students facing food insecurity, we strive to increase awareness of this relatively unknown problem that plagues universities across the nation. Our publicity efforts include news coverage. For more information see D2D In the News

 

Our awareness campaigns have informed college students and the surrounding communities about student food insecurity and the resources available to help these students. Once the general public learned about this issue, they then donated to help affected students. Our advocacy efforts also seek to inform students experiencing food insecurity that their situation is not a normal part of college. We provide these students with the information they need to access the resources specially designed to help them.

 

 

Photo Credit: Morgan Waltson
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