The Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur with a Simple Mission: End Student Hunger
Rachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is a leading force in addressing hunger amongst college students. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times and landed her on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Swipe Out Hunger began in 2010 with a few friends as a college project at UCLA. Since, it has grown onto 65 universities, serving 1.6 million meals. Their innovative approach allows university students to donate the unused funds from their meal plans to food insecure peers. Earlier this year the organization was called upon to author a piece of legislation to address college student hunger. The state of California adopted the legislation and has put over $20M behind it.
Before launching Swipe Out Hunger full time, Rachel followed her millennial urge to change the world and served those facing poverty as a case manager in Chicago through Avodah. Rachel serves on the board of her spiritual community, IKAR, and is a proud graduate of UCLA. She credits her upbringing as the child of Iranian Jewish immigrants for her intersectional perspective.