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    William and Mary Taking Notes From Walmart

     
    Before Thanksgiving, an Ohio Walmart was in headlines for hosting an employee food drive. The elicited concern centered around why Walmart would have a food drive asking employees being paid wages below living wage calculations (an average of $8.81/hour) to donate to other employees living in poverty instead of simply paying them enough to buy their own food. Many colleges and universities have made headlines in recent years engaging in demonstrations demanding workers/employees be paid living wages. This week, The College of William and Mary, a school known by many students and community members to not pay living wages, took notes from Walmart, asking for food donations for the school's dining workers. At the end of the semester, the school asks for students with block meal plans (which do not rollover into the new semester) to donate their remaining meals. The flier advertising for the program this semester indicated that the meals will be going to college employees, many of whom work full time feeding students. At a school that boasts "Tribe Pride!" at every school-affiliated event, it is concerning that the school pays such low wages that the people who nourish students cannot afford to nourish themselves.

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