82% percent.

That was the rate of growth our programs saw in the 2018-19 school year. We welcomed a record-breaking 44 new universities and colleges into the Swipe Out Hunger movement.

Behind every meal served is an administrator willing to adopt the Swipe Out Hunger program or a peer who made the choice to redirect their unused meal to support a classmate facing food insecurity– also known as the lack of reliable access to nutritious food.

We are changing campus policies and culture not only by providing dining hall swipes, but by encouraging campuses to adopt programs that strengthen basic needs for students. We share the results of our second annual evaluation with one clear takeaway: If the basic needs of a college student are met, there will be a measurable and positive impact on their academics, finances, health, and sense of belonging on campus.

CASE STUDY

UNC CHARLOTTE

HOW STUDENTS DONATE: Students can donate up to two swipes during the donation drives held in collaboration with Chartswells Dining at the end of each semester.

HOW STUDENTS ACCESS MEALS: Students can connect with Student Assistance and Support Services Office to request meals loaded onto their ID card.

DRIVE RESULTS: In the 2018-2019 school year, 4,196 swipes were donated.

WHO WE SERVED**

In the four years I’ve been in college, this is one of the first programs that has actually aided my needs as a first generation, low-income student.

– University of California, Irvine senior

FINANCIAL STATUS

52% of students are working at least one job

50% of students receive Pell grants

49% of students receive student loans

USE OF OTHER FOOD RESOURCES

28% of students use SNAP

66% of students use pantry on or near campus

DEMOGRAPHICS

49% are first generation college students

19% are transfer students

11% identify as LGBTQIA+ students

10% are international students

66% of students commute to campus

**We surveyed 414 students who received donated meals from nine public and private institutions from across the nation.

FEEDING THE NEED

Having access to meal swipes has a ripple effect on the lives of students: they feel better physically and mentally, are able to save money, perform better in the classroom, and experience a stronger sense of community on campus.

Everyone should have access to resources that will combat food insecurity at an institution of higher education.”

– University of California, Santa Barbara sophomore

IMPACT ON PHYSICAL HEALTH

“I have been able to simply go to class without my stomach rumbling and with food in me. I am able to go home in the evening without having to resort to eating oatmeal for dinner. This program really helps students eat healthy foods that are filling and nutritious.”

Ithaca College student

Ithaca College senior

I get more sleep and pay more attention in class because I’m not hungry. I can exercise in the morning because I won’t feel nauseous from skipping dinner the night prior.”

– University of California, Merced sophomore

IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH

“I have felt more secure with the donated swipes and happier, more focused on my studies and also in general, more grateful and positive about life.”

– University of Kentucky student

– University of Kentucky graduate student

IMPACT ON FINANCIAL WELLNESS

“This is an incredible program that has helped me and other students so much. It saved me so much money that I could contribute to a savings account or groceries at home.”

– Santa Monica Community College student

– Santa Monica Community College third year student

IMPACT ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

“I have been able to focus more on school and finished with a 3.4 last quarter thanks to the Swipe Out Hunger program.”

– Cal Poly San Luis Obispo sophomore

“Something as simple as getting your next meal— a basic and fundamental necessity— should not be a primary worry of a student who should be dedicated to schoolwork.”

– University of Minnesota sophomore

IMPACT ON CAMPUS CULTURE

“I was able to receive confidence in my school and confidence to reach out if I need help.”

– University of Memphis Student

University of Memphis junior

PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY

We know there is stigma associated with food insecurity, which is why we are proud to design programs that students feel secure accessing. 

  • Half of students learned about the resource from a friend

  • 89% of students agreed it was easy to access the resource

  • 96% of students are comfortable using the resource at their college

LOOKING AHEAD

In this next academic year, we have strategic partnerships underway to increase our reach and impact. This includes partnering with university systems and leveraging resources for innovative ideas— all to scale our work.

We are also launching a Research & Development Lab, which will allow us to expand our depth and breadth. We will develop advocacy roadmaps for our student leaders and support more communities currently underserved by the landscape and our program.

STUDENT HUNGER IS REAL.

WE’RE HELPING TO END IT.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!

THE JIB FUND, MARGOLIS FOUNDATION, AND KUHN FOUNDATION

WANT TO GAIN ACCESS TO ADDITIONAL DATA AND STUDENT STORIES? EMAIL US.

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STUDENT HUNGER IS REAL.
WE CAN HELP END IT.

Swipe Out Hunger believes that supporting the
basic needs of students must become a priority
for colleges and universities. With increased
capacity, we’ll be able to make this so.