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. Once that request comes through, an alert will go directly to the Dean of Students Office and the approval process begins.


Are you experiencing food insecurity on campus? Students can reach out to the campus food pantry or the Dean of Students. 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: ODOS@kent.edu.

Founders

Year Founded

2020

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 Dean of Students' Food Pantry, or donate meal swipes to the digital food bank.

CAMPUS RESOURCES

  • Kent Student Center, 2nd Floor

  • Mondays: 1pm-4pm and Fridays: 1pm-4pm

  • 330.672.8003