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Swipe Out Hunger at [your university]

[date of your meeting]  

Presented by: Your Names

 

Introduction: A Swipe Out Hunger program at [your university] would provide students with the opportunity to donate their remaining meal swipes to alleviate hunger [among students on your campus and/or community members in your city] while learning about food insecurity. This would be implemented through a strong partnership with [your dining company] and the university administration.

  

I.               Background and Mission of Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe Out Hunger is a national, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been recognized by President Obama as a “Campus Champion of Change.” Swipe Out Hunger collaborates with universities and their students to fight local hunger through unused points on students’ meal plans. Its first chapter was founded in 2009 at the University of California, Los Angeles and has since spread its mission to 26 universities including USC and Northwestern. In addition, the UC system recently commissioned the program to launch on all 9 of its undergraduate campuses and 54 other school chapters are in development.

 

Since its start, the organization has donated more than 1.3 million meals through more than 42,000 student donors. You can read more here www.swipehunger.org

 

II.                Mission Statement for Swipe Out Hunger at [your university]

Swipe Out Hunger at [your university] aims to meaningfully engage our fellow [your mascot] in addressing hunger and homelessness [on this campus/ in the greater area]. Our two-pronged approach is to encourage students to donate their excess meal points while educating and raising awareness of the issues surrounding local and national hunger and homelessness.

 

III.           Students Giving Back

[Your university] promotes a culture of students who are change agents, both independently and through efforts coordinated by the [community engagement office]. Swipe Out Hunger is a way to foster [your university’s] passion of giving back by utilizing resources that already exist and are going to waste. We are taking our strong campus culture of giving back and using it to connect with our greater community.

 

IV.           The Need in the Community

This year, [insert 2-3 powerful stats, such as: $x was cut from the food stamp budget, x percentage of residents received food stamps whereas x people were eligible, there were x amount of hungry children/adults/students in the community].

 

V.             How does hunger affect our community?

Hungry people are: [choose a few stats from the list below]

·       30% more likely to be hospitalized and require long hospital stays funded by public taxes

Hungry children are:

·       60% more likely to miss school & 50% more likely to repeat a grade

·       Twice as likely to be suspended from school

Hunger costs [your state] x billion each year.  This includes:

·       $x billion for medical and mental health care

·       $x million in lost educational achievement and worker productivity

·       $x million in costs for charities that work to relieve hunger

 

VI.           Solution

By introducing a Swipe Out Hunger program at [your university], we would directly impact local hunger [on campus and/or in the community], and raise the awareness of this issues of hunger and homelessness among our fellow students.

Our plan to collect extra swipes has two elements.

[This is your space to custom design your program. Below is the most common model].

1.    Set up tables outside of Dining Halls x, y & z near the end of each semester. Students will then approach our tables and select a number of meals from their meal plan that they’d like to donate and provide their information on “swipes collection sheets.”

2.    These sheets are submitted to Dining Services who will tally the total number of dollars that students have donated from their meal plan. These funds are then donated to a [campus food closet, meal voucher program, garden, and/or local anti-hunger organization]. Alternatively, Dining can order large, additional quantities of foods through Food Service Provider and donate them directly to [the campus food closet or local food bank/shelter].

We predict that many of the funds which students do not use are already accounted for and may disrupt prepared budgets. We are excited to work together to find a model that does not place financial burdens on Food Service Provider or the administration. Previous successful Swipe Out Hunger models include a cap or conversion rate for each dollar a student gives.

[Here you will outline the specific program details you have designed.]

 

VII.         Potential Partner Organizations

Campus Food Closet: Campus Food Closet in the student activities center provides food to as many as x students a day who are facing financial difficulties and may not be able to afford basic items. There is a clear community need for this resource and funds collected through Swipe Out Hunger drives could provide reliable funding to keep the closet stocked. The closet has been featured in [inset press] and this partnership would provide additional positive press to Dining Company and University.

Local Food Bank: Local Food Bank is the region’s largest hunger relief organization, providing emergency food and access to services to approximately x people each week and x people each year. Their mission is to reduce hunger and food insecurity in the county by providing food access to people in partnership with organizations and individuals.

 

[your email + phone]

 

Swipe Out Hunger National Office

Rachel Sumekh, Executive Director

rachel@swipehunger.org (818) 636-5002

830 Traction Ave. Los Angeles CA 90013

 

 

 

 

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