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College Student Wins Free Year of Qdoba, Donates It All to Emergency Shelter

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It’s always exciting to participate in a raffle or drawing, but the excitement can kind of fizzle out when what you win is something you don’t particularly like. The sense of winning is nice, but it’s almost a backhanded slap because you didn’t even get something you wanted.

One college freshman student made that discovery after winning a three-point contest at a Kansas State basketball game. He’d won free weekly Qdoba for a year.

To most college students, that would sound amazing. Any meal covered each week could be helpful — but while Cameron Koger seemed excited to have won, he was less enthused about the cuisine.

“Tonight at the K-State game I won the “Qdoba Queso 3-point contest” which got me free Qdoba for a year,” he tweeted. “I don’t really eat Mexican food though, so as a result I will be selecting someone that likes this tweet and sends me why they deserve the Qdoba to give it to.. good luck!”

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“I don’t even like Mexican food, that’s the thing,” Koger told The Collegian. “So I was like, I’ll just give this away to whoever has the best reason they want it. I tweeted that out and like 600 people came to me.”

Though he was flooded with a variety of requests, suggestions, and pleas, he ended up deciding to donate the prize to a homeless shelter nearby.

“I was in Leadership Studies and we studied food insecurity,” he explained, according to WIBW. “I knew that Manhattan was a community that had the highest food insecurity rate in Kansas. So I knew that I wanted to help out here.”

“Alright guys, over the past 3 days I have read countless messages, comments and other attempts to reach out to me for the free Qdoba I won,” he tweeted on March 11. “And while all of you guys (for the most part) have good reasons why you want it, there are people out there that need it a little more.”

“This’s why I contacted the Manhattan Homeless Shelter, who will be able to feed their entire shelter twice with the ’52 entrees’ the voucher was for. I wanted the Qdoba to stay local because I know Riley county is the most food insecure county in Kansas and I knew that 52 meals would go a long way here.”

“This is not to say that you all don’t have your own great reasons you could’ve used the Qdoba, because I know we are all fighting our own battles, I just wanted to make sure with 100% certainty that the food is being put to good use. Lastly I’d like to thank everyone who talked to me, I hope you have a great day.”

Qdoba was so impressed with his selflessness that the restaurant decided to double the number of entrees to help even more.

“A huge thank you to Cameron Koger and Qdoba for thinking of us so selflessly!” the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc. posted on March 15.

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While this may have started out with a prize that Koger didn’t really want, everyone ended up a winner.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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