University of Vermont
About the program
Swipe Out Hunger started at University of Vermont (UVM) in 2018. At the time, about one in five students were experiencing food insecurity. To help curb this insecurity, meal donations drives are held the week before finals each semester at various dining halls across campus. Students on the unlimited meal plan can stop by the drive and donate one guest meal swipe. Donated meals are then redistributed to students facing food insecurity throughout the year. Students can receive up to 14 meal swipes per academic year.
During the first year of Swipe Out Hunger, students donated over 1,200 meals!
If you are a UVM student facing food insecurity, you can receive swipes by asking any faculty or staff member to submit a referral form on your behalf that is found on UVM’s Food Insecurity webpage here.
Alternatively, you can visit one of our 11 partner offices. Staff members at these offices are aware of the program and can fill out a referral form with you. (These partner offices are: LivingWell, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychiatry Services, TRIO, The Mosaic Center for Students of Color, Academic Coordinators/Student Services, Office of Student and Community Relations, Student Financial Services, Advising Center, Dean’s Office of Student Affairs, UVM Dining’s Dietician). Any student who requests meals will receive them within one business day, no questions asked. The only acceptation is if you are already enrolled in an unlimited meal plan, you do not qualify for meals.
Our student food insecurity working group meets monthly to shape the campus climate and culture around food insecurity. Beyond leading the Swipe Out Hunger program, this group also supports new initiatives like the campus food pantry and catering waste recovery programs. To get more involved with these food insecurity initiatives on campus, please contact Nicole Rohrig at [email protected].
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