LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- U of L students are now giving back to the community using their mandatory meal plan. Students can donate money on their meal cards to Dare to Care through November 12th.

Sodexo, which administers the meal plan, is teaming up with "Helping Hands Across America."

It hopes to sponsor similar events on all of its campuses in hopes of setting a world record for food donations this year.

Students frustrated that they have no choice and must purchase the meal plan, say this is a way to recoup some of the money, since the donation is considered tax-deductible.