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On Dec. 6, helping to fund MIT service projects will be as easy as buying lunch.
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MIT Campus Dining will donate a portion of its sales to the MIT Community Giving Campaign. The contribution will benefit the MIT Community Service Fund, which provides financial assistance to support MIT student, faculty and staff volunteers in community service projects.
Five percent of the sales from Anna's Taqueria, Bosworth's, CafÃ© Four, Cambridge Grill, Dunkin' Donuts, Forbes Family CafÃ©, Hungry Mind CafÃ©, Pacific Street CafÃ©, Sepal, Shinkansen, Starbucks and Steam CafÃ© will go to the campaign.
Customers need only buy a meal, beverage or snack at any of the locations and a portion will automatically go towards the effort.
"This event is made possible by the generous support of the vendors and contractors who work with Campus Dining to provide services to the MIT Community," said Anne Wilson, marketing specialist for campus dining and enterprise services.
Visit web.mit.edu/dining for more information about MIT Campus Dining.