Campus Dining Supports Students Through the One Million Acts of Good Movement

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Campus Dining, in cooperation with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Cheerios, will participate on March 1 in the One Million Acts of Good movement by creating healthy food boxes to support students in need.

A partnership between Cheerios and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, One Million Acts of Good is a national movement aimed at inspiring kind acts and encouraging good deeds. As one of only 50 universities selected in the nation, Cal Poly will participate in the campaign and take another step at eliminating campus hunger.

From 11 a.m. to noon on March 1, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to come by the University Union and show support as students build 300 “MATTERboxes” that will be distributed to Cal Poly students struggling with food insecurity.

The MATTERboxes will be packed with healthy snacks, including single serving packages of Cheerios, Nature Valley bars or LARABARS, as well as nutrition education materials and YOU MATTER Notes.

Campus Dining’s participation in this movement will further drive the university’s campaign to end hunger on campus and support the Basic Needs Initiative, which is a commitment to ensure that finances, mental well-being and access to food and housing do not become obstacles to student success.

The campus community is invited to cheer on the team creating the boxes and share their enthusiasm on social media using #OneMillionActsOfGood and #CalPolyDoesGood. Cal Poly’s participation may appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen’s social media or in an Ellen web video.

This is the latest of a number of initiatives that Cal Poly and Campus Dining have launched in the past year to support students struggling with food insecurity. Other campus food services include an on-campus representative who can offer information and help students enroll in CalFresh, the state’s food benefit program; Cal Poly’s campus food pantry; and the recently launched Mustang Meal Share program.

About Cal Poly
Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 21,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives.

About Cal Poly Corporation
Cal Poly Corporation is the nonprofit auxiliary organization to Cal Poly, providing self-supporting, innovative and high-quality services to the university and assisting the institution in achieving its educational mission. For additional information, visit or call 805-756-1451.

Contact: Aaron Lambert

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