Kent State University

About the program

Throughout each semester, students can donate their meal swipes to a digital food bank via a website, which is then disbursed to students in need. Meal swipes will be loaded onto the student ID card of the student. Students who are in need will be able to request meals through the digital food bank portal, which are set to automatically approve.

Are you experiencing food insecurity on campus? Students can reach out to the Flashes Fighting Hunger food pantry (you can sign up by appointment here) or the CARES Center Flashes’ Food Pantry (you can sign up for appointments on Market Day Tuesday or Fresh Food Friday). Check out our Campus Resources section below for more information on the pantry.

Students can also access emergency resources for COVID-19 here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us: [email protected].


Year Founded


Program Roots

The initiative started with students helping students; Kent State students took the lead to put programs in place to provide a food insecurity prevention program. In 2011, with the assistance of KSU officials, Kent State students started and managed the National Campus Kitchen Project on campus. This program focuses on recovering food that otherwise would go to waste and able to create nutritious meals each week for those struggling with food insecurity. Since then, this has led to collaboration with the Women's Center food pantry and Center for Nutrition Outreach to push for more. In 2017, Aramark came to campus and introduced the meal swipe system to the Kent Community. Through Aramark's partnership with Swipe Out Hunger, students can donate meal swipes to a digital food bank to students in need.

Get involved

Help promote the program around campus, volunteer at the Kent Campus Kitchen, donate food to the Flashes' Food Pantry, or donate meal swipes to the digital food bank.


  • Β Student Center room 219 - across from the DOS SuiteΒ 

  • Pantry times:

    Tuesday Market Day, Reserve a visit: Noon - 4pm, Walk-in hours: 4 - 7pm.

    Fresh Food Friday, Reserve a visit: 10am - 1pm, walk-in hours: 1-3pm.Β 

  • 330.672.7575