The Bengal Meal Share program is an initiative that supports students who are experiencing food insecurity. Through this program, students are allowed to donate up to 10 meals per academic year from their meal plan, to students in need. This helps ensure that their fellow Bengal classmates have access to nutritious meals each day so they can stay focused on their studies and success.
What is Food Insecurity?
Food insecurity is the lack of physical or financial access to a sufficient amount of food that is affordable, sufficient, and nutritionally balanced. Access to quality food is of high importance for college students to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a driving force of success in and out of the classroom. To learn more about food insecurity and Idaho State University students, faculty and staff, please visit the Benny’s Pantry website.
Students who have a dining plan can donate meals by following a few easy steps.
Note: Students wishing to participate in donating meals must be current on their Housing/Meal Plan payments.
- Contact The Office of Student Life at 208-282-2794, or visit ISU Chartwells
- Fill out the donation form and enter the number of meals you want to donate.
- Turn in at the Office of Student Life (Pond Student Union, Room 204) or click submit if using the Chartwells site.
Donated meals will be carried over each semester to ensure access to meals for all students throughout the academic year.
Don’t have a meal plan but would still like to help out? Anyone can contribute to help students experiencing food insecurity with a direct monetary donation by following these steps:
- Click the Donate Funds button (below)
- Enter the dollar amount you would like to donate
- Under Gift Instructions, select Meal Share
- Click Submit
Request Meal Assistance
If you are an Idaho State University student experiencing food insecurity, you can request assistance through the Bengal Meal Share program by filling out a short form from the Student Life Office. Staff will contact you to discuss support, eligibility and the process for obtaining meal assistance. If you have an immediate need, please call 208-282-2794 or stop by the Office of Student Life. Otherwise requests will be responded to within 48 hours.
For questions or to discuss the Bengal Meal Share Program, please contact Kris Clarkson in the Office of Student Life via email at email@example.com or phone 208-282-2794. Office of Student Life is located in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in the Pond Student Union Rm 204.