History, Mission & Vision


Who we are
Swipe Out Hunger partners with colleges to end student hunger. We operate in 19 states and on dozens of campuses, having served 1.4 million meals to date.

We started as a grassroots movement at UCLA and have grown campus by campus into a nationwide movement and serve as a thought leader on issues of college student hunger. 

How we do it
We provide both common sense and innovative solutions to campus hunger including our premier program, “The Swipes Drive” where students with extra dining hall meal swipes can donate them to their peers. Additional programs include training campus staff to enroll students in SNAP, advocacy, anti-stigma campaigns, gleaning produce, urban gardens and so on. 

Our journey
We began with a few friends and a few meal swipes in 2010 and began growing by word of mouth to USC and other local colleges. As the public became more interested in the issue of college student hunger our reach grew onto dozens of other universities and colleges and gained recognition on platforms like the New York Times. In 2017 we were called upon as the guiding author and voice on a trailblazing $7.5 million piece of legislation in California. Read more on that here

Our future
Over the next few years we will grow onto new universities both organically and through strategic and systematic partnerships. We will reach hundreds of thousands of college students– America’s future leaders. We will grow and change the university food service industry, we will no longer seen as an innovation, but the norm.

Check out a timeline of our work. 


Swipe Out Hunger partners with college campuses nationwide to end student hunger. 



An end to hunger on college campuses. 


Swipe Out Hunger has been recognized by The White House, Forbes, The Case Foundation, and other influencers as a benchmark for positive change on America's college campuses and an emerging leader in the non-profit field of hunger awareness and alleviation.  Check out our press page for more information! 

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