USC Swipe Out Hunger was founded in Spring of 2012 to aid the issue of homelessness in the Los Angeles area. Outside the gates of USC lie many less fortunate victims of homelessness, and as a privileged community of USC students, we decided to take a stance and make a difference. It is our honor to announce that we collect an outstanding sum of $21,000-40,000 per semester! Starting in the fall of 2017, we decided to partner with the new food pantry on campus to donate cards loaded with meal swipes to students who are food insecure. Throughout the rest of this school year we are looking forward to expanding our Swipes team while continuing to create a positive impact on campus. Learn more about how to get involved below!
And always remember — for us it's a swipe, for them it's hope.
By collecting unused dining dollars and donating meals to our peers on campus as well as nonprofits working to transform homelessness in Los Angeles, we hope to educate and raise awareness to the USC campus about hunger & homelessness in the LA area and on campus while offering the opportunity to help people help others.
How Swipes at USC Works
Through USC Swipe Out Hunger, students sign up their student ID numbers to donate any unused meal funds to our cause. The remaining balance does not come off their accounts until after the last day of finals when students do not have access to their dining dollars any longer. Without donating to Swipes, the remaining money would go back to USC, so it doesn't hurt to sign up and give even a few dollars that may be left to feed the homeless!
At semester's end, USC Hospitality converts the money into meal cards for other students or food for non-profits such as Jovenes' and The Midnight Mission.
Spring 2018 SWIPES WEEK is April 24th!
Our donation week– affectionately dubbed Swipes Week– is always during the last week of classes. Pledge your unused dining dollars this semester and help feed students and community members! Be sure to stay posted on our FB page, where we will keep you updated on our semester events including volunteer nights, awareness tabling, fundraising and more!
Swipes is always in need of volunteers on donation week. We are also currently accepting Exec. Board applications for this year! If you are interested in becoming a Swipes member at USC, please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can fill out the application here!
Elizabeth Kalinowski, Co-President | Natasha Piñon, Co-President | Daniel Knupp, VP of Events | Mia Osinski, VP of Swipes Week | Natasha Piñon, VP of Outreach | Emily McElreath, VP of Marketing