Several new community partners have joined the March Match Up team since the campaign tipped off on March 1 (original press release):
- Buffalo Wild Wings, 3065 E. Shaw Ave., will donate 10 percent of sales from March 23 to March Match Up, when customers present a flyer or digital proof on a phone at the time of purchase (available in the Student Cupboard or the Student Health and Counseling Center). (Offer excludes alcohol sales, tax, gratuity or promotional discounts. Promotion runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.)
- Sal’s Mexican Restaurant locations in Fresno (7476 N. Fresno St.) and Madera (2001 W. Cleveland Ave., Suite F) will encourage customers to donate $1, $3 or $5 to the Student Cupboard through March 31.
- The Gibson Farm Market and Kennel Bookstore located on campus and the Bulldog Shop (1794 E. Barstow Ave.) are encouraging customers to “round up” their purchases during the month of March, donating change to March Match Up.
On March 7, Fresno City Councilmember Paul Caprioglio joined by Mayor Lee Brand, presented a proclamation to Fresno State First Lady Mary Castro, stating “we are committed to fighting student hunger and encouraging all residents to donate to this worthy cause.” The City Council also proclaimed March 2019 to be “March Match Up Month” in the City of Fresno.
Responding to a challenge issued as part of that Council Meeting, all seven council members and the mayor pledged to make personal donations to the campaign, ranging from $500 to $1,001.
“The increase in matching and round-up partners for March Match Up has taken our campaign to a new level this year,” said Mary Castro, Fresno State’s first lady who is spearheading the campaign. “Knowing that our community believes in them is very empowering for Fresno State students. The Student Cupboard levels the playing field by removing hunger as a barrier for those who are focused on reaching their academic goals. We are thankful for the generosity that makes it possible for this program to continue to exist and bless future leaders. I hope to inspire others to join us before April 1 to have the greatest impact by maximizing the value of their donation.”
At the campaign kick-off, it was announced that Moss Adams LLP, Granville Homes and an anonymous donor will team up to match, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 in gifts to the Student Cupboard during the campaign.
Macy’s will continue to encourage its customer to “round up” their purchases through the rest of the month at the Fashion Fair and River Park locations in Fresno, as part of its “Bag Hunger” campaign.
And there is one more Pieology Monday, on March 25, during which they will donate 20 percent of sales from seven restaurants located across the Valley. Customers must present digital proof on a phone or a flyer (available in the Student Cupboard or the Student Health and Counseling Center) at the time of purchase. Offer excludes online orders and alcohol sales.
The public is encouraged to double their investment by donating any amount at FresnoState.edu/MarchMatchUp and then challenging others to help stamp out student hunger.
Final results for March Match Up will be announced at a special event in early April. In 2018, March Match Up raised $150,044.