OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s two fall-semester Miss-a-Meal evenings raised nearly $9,400 for three Oswego County not-for-profits: Oswego County SPCA, the Human Concerns Center and Oswego County Opportunities Youth Division.
“Our organization very rarely gets large chunks of money at a time,” said Hilary McIntyre, the SPCA’s treasurer. “When we do, the reaction is ecstatic.”
SUNY Oswego’s Student Association, in cooperation with Dining Services, presented checks for $2,288.88 each to the local SPCA and the Human Concerns Center, a food bank, after students gave up Nov. 19 dining hall meals to generate the donation, said Craig Traub, director of resident dining for Auxiliary Services, and Stefen Short, vice president of the Student Association.
Oswego County Opportunities Youth Division received $4,814.48, thanks to the Oct. 8 Miss-a-Meal event.
Meanwhile, the Student Association has dedicated the March 11 Miss-a-Meal to the Bush-Clinton Haiti Fund, providing relief for victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Miss-a-Meal has a long and proud tradition. Traub remembers a Miss-a-Meal forerunner named Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bread for the WorldÃ¢â‚¬Â in the early 1970s; a 1960 story from The Oswegonian campus newspaper references Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sacrifice a MealÃ¢â‚¬Â for Campus Chest, an offshoot of United Way precursor Community Chest. Today’s students pledge to miss a Thursday evening dining hall meal — usually one per semester — and the resulting savings benefit one or more charities.
For McIntyre, the donation lifted a burden from day-to-day expenses that allowed the SPCA to pursue mission critical: helping keep stray animal populations down.
“These funds (from Miss-a-Meal) we did earmark for spaying and neutering,” she said.