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Students Team Up to Help the Needy with MATTERbox Initiative

Student organizations support healthier eating in local communities

Chartwells Higher Education recently selected Sacred Heart University to participate in the MATTERbox initiative, a movement General Mills, Inc., began to help communities take steps to healthier eating. Sacred Heart was one of 45 schools across the country Chartwells chose for the initiative.

Students involved in Campus Ministry, Volunteer Programs & Service Learning and the Alpha Pi Sorority collaborated to build MATTERboxes, which contained packages of Cheerios, Nature Valley Bars, WOW Nut Butter, applesauce, educational inserts and “you matter” notes. Students wrote inspirational messages in the notes to those receiving the boxes.

Once the students were done, 150 boxes shipped out to Thomas Merton House in Bridgeport, and another 150 boxes went to Ronald McDonald House in New Haven.

“This gave us the opportunity to not only partner with groups and organizations here at Sacred Heart, but also, on a much larger scale, to support and create new contacts with local charities that we intend on continuing to work with over the years,” said Kayla Hawley-Blanchette, district marketing director for Chartwells at SHU, which operates the University’s dining services.

According to the official MATTERbox website, 30,000 snack packs are planned for distribution to schools, health care providers and community organizations throughout the communities of participating schools nationwide.