2018 – 2019 CASE STUDIES

  • Welcome! What exactly does it look like to establish a meal share program? The chart below provides details about a few swipe models.

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---University and Catering Structure
---Cap and Conversion Rate
---Program Details
---Impact
1.University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(est. 2018)
Chartwells Catering
Cap of 2 swipes per student may be donated per semester.Towards the end of each semester, students can donate unused swipes into a bank administered by the Student Assistance and Support Services Office to support students facing food insecurity.4,196 swipes were donated in the 2018-2019 school year.
2.UC Irvine
(est. 2017)
Aramark Catering
Cap of 5 guest swipes per student may be donated per quarter.Towards the beginning of each quarter, students can stop by the dining halls to donate up to 5 guest swipes which are converted into meals for students who apply for the Emergency Meal Swipe Program.2,000 swipes were donated in the 2018-2019 school year.
3.Carleton College
(est. 2017)
Bon Appetit Catering
Cal of 1 swipe per student may be donated per quarter.Each quarter students can skip 1 lunch and donate the funds they would have spent to another student facing food insecurity. Meals are provided through the Dean of Students Office.1,298 swipes were donated in the 2018-2019 school year.
4.University of Vermont
(est. 2018)
Sodexo Catering
Cap of 1 guest swipe per student may be donated per semester. Towards the end of each semester, students on the unlimited meal plan can stop by the dining halls to donate one guest swipe to a meal bank to support food insecure students.1,229 guest swipes were donated in the 2018-2019 school year.
5.Cal State Long Beach
(est. 2015)
In House Dining
Cap of 1 swipe may be donated per student per semester.Towards the beginning of the fall and spring semester, students can stop by the dining hall to donate one swipe into a pool that supports students through the Student Emergency Intervention and Wellness Program. 3,510 meals were donated in the 2018-2019 school year.
6.Colorado State
(est. 2017 )
In House Dining
Cap of 2 swipes per student may be donated per semester.Each semester students can stop by the dining hall registers to donate two swipes to support the Rams Against Hunger meal swipe program.3,369 meals were donated in the 2018-2019 school year.
7.Cornell University
(est. 2019)
In House Dining
Cap of 1 bonus meal per student may be donated per semester.Each semester students can stop by booths at select locations or sign up by email to donate a bonus meal from their meal plan to support students facing food insecurity on campus.400 meals were donated in the 2019 pilot.
8.Texas Sate San Marcos
(est. 2017 )
Chartwells Dining
Each donated meal is equal to $0.75 and the overall cap is $5,000.At the end of each fall semester students can donate unused meals which are converted into funds to support the Bobcat Bounty food pantry on campus. 2,671 swipes were donated in the fall of 2018 and a check of $2,003 was given to Bobcat pantry.
  • To learn how these models were built and the key considerations,
    email our National Programs Coordinator Emily Kass at emily@swipehunger.org.