MATTER is excited to partner once again with General Mills Foodservice to engage college students and volunteers in a mass, two-day MATTERbox packing event to activate healthy eating in communities across the country.

Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success. 50 college campuses in 26 states held packing events on their campuses resulting in thousands of MATTERboxes being distributed into their communities.

Based on the enthusiastic response last year, participation in this year’s event on March 27 and 28 has doubled to 100 campuses in 34 states! Hundreds of students and volunteers are gearing up once again to do good in their communities. Each campus will pack 200 MATTERboxes containing two snack packs each, resulting in 44,000 individual snack packs being distributed to nonprofits, schools, community programs and health care providers nationwide.

“It has been so inspiring to see college students come together and join forces with other campuses nationwide to do an act of good in their communities. We are proud to work in partnership with MATTER and expand our effort and impact even more communities this year.” Allison Curran, senior marketing manager, General Mills Foodservice

MATTERbox snack packs are filled with healthy food generously donated by General Mills, including Whole Grain Cheerios and Nature Valley Bars. In addition to food, each snack pack comes with a nutrition education card as well as a personalized handwritten YouMATTER note of encouragement written to the recipient.

One of the campuses that took part in the last year’s event and will participate again this year is the University of Miami. The MATTERboxes they packed were distributed to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami in Florida, which made a post of the distribution on their Facebook page. Photos of smiling children eagerly receiving their boxes accompanied a heartfelt message of thanks:

“Thank you to University of Miami for providing these wonderful MATTERboxes to our kids at BBBSM Center for Excellence programs! Such a special after school surprise with a box full of healthy snack choices and information for our kids and their families! U made them all very happy!”

For a taste of the enthusiasm at the packing events and the tremendous impact the MATTERboxes bring to local communities, check out this video of last year’s inaugural event!


MATTER thanks the following colleges and universities for participating in this year’s event to activate healthy eating in your communities!

ARKANSAS, Fayette  – University of Arkansas

ALABAMA, Montevallo  – University of Montevallo

ALABAMA, Florence – University of North Alabama

CALIFORNIA, Vallejo – CSU Cal Maritime Academy

CALIFORNIA, Turlock – CSU Stanislaus

CALIFORNIA, San Jose  – San Jose State University

CALIFORNIA, San Luis Obispo – CSU Cal Polytechnic

CONNECTICUT, Willimantic – Eastern Connecticut State University

CONNECTICUT, New Haven – Southern CT State University

CONNECTICUT, Fairfield – Sacred Heart University

CONNECTICUT, Hamden – Quinnipiac University

FLORIDA, Deland – Stetson University

FLORIDA, Jacksonville – University of North Florida

FLORIDA, Jupiter – Florida Atlanta University

FLORIDA, Miami – Florida International University

FLORIDA, Ft. Lauderdale – Nova Southeastern

FLORIDA, Ft. Meyers – FGCU

FLORIDA, Jacksonville – University of North Florida

FLORIDA, Coral Gabels – University of Miami

IDAHO, Pocatello – Idaho State University

ILLINOIS, Chicago – University of Illinois at Chicago


ILLINOIS, Chicago – DePaul

ILLINOIS, Evanston – Northwestern

ILLINOIS, Evanston – Northwestern #2

KANSAS, Wichita – Wichita State College

INDIANA, Indianapolis –  IUPUI

KANSAS, Hays – Fort Hays State University

KENTUCKY, Highland Heights – Northern Kentucky University

LOUISIANA, Baton Rouge – Louisiana State University

MASSACHUSETTS, Babson Park – Babson College

MASSACHUSETTS, N Dartmouth – UMass Dartmouth

MASSACHUSETTS, Boston – Mass College of Art

MASSACHUSETTS, Boston – International Village @ Northeastern University

MASSACHUSETTS, Boston – International Village @ Northeastern University

MASSACHUSETTS, Salem – Salem State University

MASSACHUSETTS, Worcester – Worcester State

MARYLAND, Baltimore – UMBC

MARYLAND, Towson – Towson University

MARYLAND, Frostburg – Frostburg State University, Chesapeake Dining Hall

MICHIGAN, Rochester – Oakland University

MICHIGAN, Ypsilanti – Eastern Michigan University

MINNESOTA, St. Cloud – St. Cloud State University

MINNESOTA, Winona – Winona State University

MISSOURI, Springfield – Missouri State University

MISSOURI, Cape Girardeau – Southeast Missouri State

NORTH CAROLINA, Louisburg – Louisburg College

NORTH CAROLINA, Charlotte – Queens University

NORTH DAKOTA, Bismark – University of Mary

NEBRASKA, Wayne – Wayne State University

NEW HAMPSHIRE, Plymouth – Plymouth State University

NEW HAMPSHIRE, Keene – Keene State College

NEW JERSEY, Rutherford – Felician University

NEW JERSEY, Montclair – Montclair State University

NEW JERSEY, Galloway – Stockton University

NEW YORK, Jamaica – St. John’s University

NEW YORK, Purchase – Purchase College

NEW YORK, Hempstead – Hofstra University

NEW MEXICO, Albuquerque – University of New Mexico

NORTH CAROLINA, Mars Hill – Mars Hill University

NORTH CAROLINA, Asheville – UNC Asheville

NORTH CAROLINA, Charlotte – UNC Charlotte

NORTH CAROLINA, Charlotte  – UNC Charlotte #2

NORTH CAROLINA, Greensboro – UNC Greensboro

NEVADA, Reno – University of Nevada, Reno

NEW YORK, Buffalo – Buffalo State College

NEW YORK, New Rochelle – Iona College

NEW YORK, Rochester – St. John Fisher College

NEW YORK, Pleasantville – Pace University

NEW YORK, Queensbury – SUNY Adirondack

OHIO, Bowling Green – BGSU

OHIO, Bowling Green – BGSU #2

OHIO, Dayton – Wright State University

OHIO, Cleveland – Cleveland State University

OKLAHOMA, Edmond – University of Central Oklahoma

OREGON, Portland – Portland State University

PENNSYLVANIA, Shippensburg – Shippensburg University

PENNSYLVANIA, Wilkes-Barre – Kings College

PENNSYLVANIA, Pittsburgh – Carnegie Melon

TENNESSEE, Cookeville – Tennessee Tech University

TEXAS, College Station – Texas A&M University

TEXAS, College Station – Texas A&M University #2

TEXAS, Corpus Christi – Texas A&M Corpus Christi

TEXAS, Galveston – Texas A&M Galveston

TEXAS, San Marcos – Texas State University

TEXAS, Houston – University of Houston

TEXAS, Houston – University of Houston #2

TEXAS, Richardson – University of Texas at Dallas

TEXAS, Arlington – University of Texas at Arlington

TEXAS, Abilene – Abilene Christian University

TEXAS, San Angelo – Angelo State University

TEXAS, Denton – Texas Woman’s University

TEXAS, Beaumont – Lamar University

TEXAS, Kerrville – Schreiner University

UTAH, Cedar City – Southern Utah University

UTAH, Salt Lake City – University of Utah

WASHINGTON, Seattle – Seattle University

WISCONSIN, La Crosse – University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse

WISCONSIN, River Falls – University of Wisconsin, River Falls