Making the most of unused meal points to benefit the community

April 19, 2023

Photograph of various foods in the dining hall

For the third consecutive year, students have the opportunity to donate their unused meal points to benefit local charitable organizations in the area through the Tap Out Hunger program.

Tap Out Hunger began as a Student Government Association (SGA) initiative back in 2021. Last year the program raised $24,000.

The Tap Out Hunger program — which is available each Spring — gives students the opportunity to donate up to 250 of their unused meal points to area charities.

The program runs through the end of April.

Through this initiative, SGA partnered with the Office of Community Engagement and Chartwells to benefit Quinnipiac’s Bobcat Food Share Program and local non-profits in New Haven County, including the Columbus House, Masters Manna, The Hamden Food Bank.

Students can donate through the Tap Out Hunger program two ways:

Based on the dining plan budget guidelines, as of April 21, students should have the following meal points left for the rest of the semester:

  • Silver Plan — $360

  • Gold Plan — $388

  • Platinum Plan — $404

  • Platinum+ Plan — $451

Learn more about dining plan budgets and staying on track

For those with too many points, there are a few options.

In addition to the Tap Out Hunger program, students can also spend their meal points on specialty items offered in dining locations across campus or utilize end-of-the-year bulk ordering. Some items that can be found in the dining hall are seasonal flowers and baking tins. Items are rotated out seasonally.

Bulk ordering is also a great way for families to benefit from their student’s meal plan as some items offered are hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks and beverages. Spending extra points allows students to utilize their meal plan to its fullest potential. All bulk orders must be received by 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Learn more about bulk ordering

“Quinnipiac Dining aims to provide unique offerings for students to utilize their meal plans in ways that work best for them,” said Emily Gardiner, senior marketing manager at Quinnipiac Dining. “We offer an opportunity for students to make the most of their meal points by offering many items students would utilize in bulk for themselves and their families.”

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