Southeast Students Donate Nearly $14,000, More than 3,000 Meals to Salvation Army, Women’s Safe House

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 11, 2007 – Southeast Missouri State University students went a long way towards helping those less fortunate during the recent holiday season.

Through Chartwells Dining and Catering Services’ Philanthropic Flex program, Southeast students donated $13,700 that provided more than 3,000 meals to the Salvation Army and the Women’s Safe House.

“This represents a great community outreach effort by Chartwells and our students,” said Dr. Debbie Below, director of enrollment management and admissions.

Flex dollars are cash stored electronically on students’ ID cards as part of their meal plan. They can be used at any campus dining location to buy additional meals, food items, snacks and beverages. The Philanthropic Flex option gives students the opportunity to donate up to $25 of their meal-plan-flex and meals-to-flex dollars to local charities. The option allows students to voluntarily let their meal-plan-flex and meals-to-flex dollars to be used to purchase goods and food products to support local meal programs.

During November and December all flex dollars donated by Southeast students were used to support The Salvation Army’s efforts to feed those in need and to support meal programs for Safe House for Women, Inc.  The option was introduced for the holiday season, and it will become available again during the last two weeks of the spring semester, according to Tim Weatherly, Chartwells resident district manager.

“We are delighted to see the success of this program and thankful for the student response to it,” Weatherly added.

In the past, students generally have used the money to purchase snacks and premium meals, but now students are looking for other opportunities to spend their flex dollars. The Philanthropic Flex option gives students the opportunity to flex their meal plan muscles to strengthen the Cape Girardeau community, Weatherly said.

Students who are curious about how many flex dollars they have available can view their meal plan balance online via the student portal. Detailed instructions can be found on The Chartwells Web site at www.chartwells-semo.com.