The weeklong Meal Exchange program is underway at the University of New Mexico. In its third year, the UNM event, called Skip-A-Meal, helps raise money for the United Way drive as well as Albuquerque-based food agencies, the Storehouse and Rio Grande Food Project.

Donations occur when residential hall students skip one or two meals from their current meal plan, which this year takes place Friday, Nov. 19. Chartwells, UNM's food service provider, contributes $3 per meal donated, representing approximately the cost of the food minus overhead. The proceeds are funneled through the United Way to count towards UNM's $1 million United Way goal. Students who are not on meal plans, as well as faculty and staff, are encouraged to donate to the fundraiser with cash, LoboCash or dining dollars.

Tullivan Begay, president, UNM Meal Exchange said, "Chartwells, the UNM Resident's Hall Association , and the LoboCard office have been the main contributors since the program began. We greatly appreciate their participation and cooperation because without them Skip-A-Meal never would have happened."

Last year's campaign pulled in $6800. Begay said she would be happy to reach that amount this year and even happier to surpass it.

Sign up for Skip-A-Meal at La Posada through Friday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. or at the Student Union building through Thursday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information on the Skip-A-Meal program contact Tullivan Begay at (505) 818-9879, or via e-mail:

UNM ‘Live United' 2010 campaign individuals may contact Campaign Coordinator, Marla Wood at (505) 277-2626, via e-mail, or visit: Live United.