Jewish students and their friends rounded up as part of some universities’ voluntary policies on containing the spread of swine flu have turned to their local Chabad-Lubavitch centers for home-cooked kosher food.

Prevented from leaving apartments and dorms in search of sustenance, dozens of students at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., have had to rely on food deliveries coordinated by campus dining services. That wasn’t enough for Chani Silverman, co-director of the Chabad House at Carnegie Mellon, who last week prepared bowls of matzo ball soup for one male student who was quarantined for several days.

“We couldn’t actually bring it ourselves,” said Silverman, “but there’s an office we had to bring the soup to.”

After being symptom-free for 24 hours, the student returned to the Chabad House Friday night for more soup. The same day, however, Rabbi Shneur Z. Lipskier, director of the Rohr Jewish Student Center serving Emory, was delivering chicken soup to students quarantined during a back-to-school outbreak of the flu.

By week’s end, some 200 students were under quarantine at the Atlanta school.