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New Testudo Offerings to Benefit Campus Pantry

By Maryland Today Staff

University of Maryland student leaders are launching a new effort during finals week to expand the tradition of leaving offerings to the bronze Testudo statue in front of McKeldin Library by doing good for others.

Rather than leaving candy bars, cups of coffee or other detritus as a “sacrifice” for good luck on exams, the Graduate Student Government, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association and Student Alumni Leadership Council are encouraging students to donate non-perishable items to the Campus Pantry to fight food insecurity in the campus community. About 27% of UMD students lack reliable access to affordable and nutritious food, student leaders wrote in a letter to the student body.

“As a Do Good campus, we have a responsibility to inspire action and advocate for a better future,” they wrote. “In order to instill these values into our campus community, we hope that you will join us in adding to a beloved tradition so that it makes our community stronger.”

The four organizations will accept donations from Dec. 12-19 in front of the Testudo in front of McKeldin. A full wish list of items can be found on the Campus Pantry’s site.

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