By Wendy Sarubbi | April 1, 2011 1:41 pm

After a long, stressful week of exams, UCF College of Medicine M.D. students received a “green” Spring Break gift from Tupperware Brands. Yolanda Londoño, vice president, global social responsibility for the Orlando-based company, presented all 100 students with lunch kits for “meals on the go.” The Tupperware water bottles, one-portion snack containers, food savers and even a collapsible bowl will help protect the planet by reducing trash in local landfills.

“It’s so great to see this campus filled with people,” Ms. Londoño said as she announced the special gift from one of the medical school’s key partners. “What an amazing opportunity we have to benefit from what you are learning here.”

While many students may remember Tupperware from their grandmothers, Ms. Londoño explained that the product has been a “tremendous change-maker” in helping women worldwide become more financially independent through self- employment. Today’s Tupperware products have held food in the weightlessness of space, endured frigid temperatures in modern physics labs and are keeping food and property safe from radiation in earthquake-torn Japan. Tupperware is also working with UCF medical students to develop new storage products that will help students as they work in medical missions and field hospitals.

Dr. Marcy Verduin, associate dean for students, told the doctors-in-training that they were receiving the gifts in their last gathering together as M-1s and M-2s. M-1s are now on spring break. M-2s are studying for their board exams and then will begin their third-year clerkships at hospitals and clinics throughout Orlando in May.

As he examined his new lunch kit on his way to more studying, M-2 Bryant Lambe smiled at the Tupperware officials and beamed, “This is the best. Ever.”

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