Swipe Out Hunger was established as a University of California, Los Angeles student organization by Bryan Pezeshki in the Fall of 2009 in order to help alleviate the susceptivity of the neighboring homeless population. As of Spring 2014, UCLA has donated over $200,000 and 70,000 pounds of fresh (recovered!) produce towards fighting hunger on and off campus.
Swipes' as we call ourselves for short, hopes not only to feed the homeless, but also to educate the students on campus about the homelessness and hunger problem in Los Angeles, and what they can do to help. Learn more about how you can get involved below!
We aim to tackle food insecurity and its stigma both within and outside our UCLA community. Through our various outreach programs, we serve UCLA students and food insecure individuals around West Los Angeles, while fostering the leadership skills of our passionate student team.
How Swipes at UCLA Works
At the end of each quarter, Bruins can donate their unused meal swipes to our organization. We then repurpose what would have gone to waste into food items for the student food closet on campus, meal vouchers for food insecure students, prepared meals at local homeless shelters, and materials for our special events like "Sandwiches for Smiles." In addition to our quarterly Swipe Drive, we also fight food insecurity through weekly gleanings at local farmers' markets, where we collect unsold fresh produce to bring to various hunger-fighting agencies throughout Los Angeles.
Swipe Out Hunger at UCLA's next Swipe Drive is May 31 - June 3.!
We will recruit for 2016-2017 Swipes Leadership Board in the Fall of 2016.
The UCLA Swipe Out Hunger chapter is always looking for motivated Bruins to help out! To get involved, check us out on Facebook (where we're very active!) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget! You can donate your leftover swipes during 10th week, every quarter.