SAN LUIS OBISPO — On March 1 Campus Dining, in cooperation with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Cheerios, will participate in the One Million Acts of Good movement, 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 be participating in the campaign and taking another step at eliminating campus hunger.

For one hour on March 1, 11 a.m. – noon, 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 Cheerios Singlepak boxes, 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.

To participate, 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 has launched in the past year to support students struggling with food insecurity. Other campus food programs include an on-campus representative who can offer information and help students enroll in CalFresh, access Cal Poly’s campus food pantry, and the recently launched Mustang Meal Share program.