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Penn State's Chicken Soup Hotline Soothes Sick Students

Matthew Mead

A Penn State University student group is helping soothe sick students with a chicken soup delivery service.

The Daily Collegian reports Penn State Hillel's Chicken Soup Hotline program runs Monday through Thursday. Student manager Matt Altman says the Jewish student life group offers free "kosher-style matzah ball soup in chicken and vegetable options."

The soup is prepared every month at a kosher kitchen in the university's spiritual center before it's frozen. Students then reheat and deliver the soup to their sniffling peers on campus and in the downtown area.

Noah Bender, who supervisors the soup operation, says donations from across the country support activities like the hotline. Bender says the program has helped him gain valuable managerial experience while supporting fellow students.