Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Ciara Stehley
Sustainability Program Assistant
Office of PittServes
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Meal Scholarship Program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The University of Pittsburgh officially launched its Meal Scholarship Program in September 2020. The Meal Scholarship Program provides a unique food assistance opportunity to students experiencing food insecurity due to an emergency or unforeseen circumstance. Students who apply for a meal scholarship have the chance to receive not only short-term assistance via 15 meal swipes (to be used in Pitt’s all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities), but personalized suggestions for long-term resources based on the students’ needs (and which resources they have already tried and/or utilized).

The Pitt Meal Swipe Scholarship program addresses three gaps left by previous food security programs:

1) Serving students who have limited access to food preparation spaces or cooking skills;
2) Destigmatizing food assistance through meal passes that are uploaded to University IDs and work just as those associated with a standard (paid) student meal plan; and
3) Long-term students support via connections to additional internal and external services.

In its first two and a half months, the Pitt Meal Scholarship program provided 23 students with a combined total of 345 meal passes.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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