RUSA to pass resolution for Meal Swipes for Charity
The agenda for this week’s Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) will include passing resolutions to fund the RUSA kick-off barbecue and to grant the Meal Swipes for Charity Program to the Rutgers Student Food Pantry, among other things, according to an agenda sent to The Daily Targum.
“Tailgating and barbecuing are popular components of Rutgers student culture during the football season,” the agenda stated. “Providing Rutgers students with a friendly environment that promotes student involvement is integral to RUSA’s mission.”
Therefore, the Assembly plans to allocate $2,500 to create a safe, inclusive and alcohol and drug-free space for all Rutgers students to socialize before the Big Ten football game.
The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon on Morrell Street on the College Avenue campus, the same day as the football game between Rutgers University—New Brunswick and the University of Maryland, according to the agenda.
“The event will include music, games and food, including options for vegetarian, vegan, halal and kosher, catered by King Pita,” the agenda stated.
Also at this week’s meeting, to address the approximately 37% of students who are food insecure at Rutgers, RUSA will again be holding its meal swipes program, as it does every semester, according to the agenda.
The program will work with the Rutgers Food Pantry, which has served 3,900 students since August, the agenda stated.
“If the Rutgers Food Pantry accepts this offer, they agree to furnish the RUSA University Affairs Committee with a report detailing how the funds from the program were used and their impact on the efforts of the Food Pantry and shall be responsible for administering and tabling to solicit meal swipe donations,” according to the agenda.
Two other items on the agenda for this week’s RUSA meeting will be resolutions to increase transparency and accountability in the process through which the Assembly and its Allocations Board appropriate student fees to register student organizations on campus and to allocate the number of School of Arts and Sciences senators in the student government body.
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