Pitch Competition: Innovative Solutions to Hunger at CUNY

A collaboration between Swipe Out Hunger and Healthy CUNY

The Opportunity 

Calling all CUNY students! You are invited to participate in Swipe Out Hunger’s first ever pitch competition. This is an opportunity for you to design and spearhead a project to address student food insecurity and leave lasting change on your campus. Two to four projects will be selected to implement their projects and receive:

  • Necessary seed funding (up to $1,500.00 per project)
  • Preliminary planning calls and continued coaching support with Swipe Out Hunger and Kathleen Delgado
  • Access to Swipe Out Hunger and Healthy CUNY network for project outreach
  • Publicity through Swipe Out Hunger social platforms and website

How to Apply

Applications should be no more than two pages and submitted to Maddie Alpert McCarthy at Maddie@swipehunger.org. All proposals should include:

  • Information about student(s) spearheading the project: including name, year and major, previous relevant experience or anything we should know about you
  • Implementation plan and roll-out schedule: including information about the idea, how people will hear about it, how the idea will be managed and is it a temporary/one-time solution or ongoing? 
  • Budget, inclusive of line items referencing the project itself, marketing, time, materials, etc.

We encourage both individuals and groups of students to submit proposals.

Timeline

  • September 16, 2019 – Pitch Proposal Due Date
  • October 2019 – Selected projects announced
  • October 2019 – May 2020 – Project Implementation begins
  • June 8, 2020 – Project Reflection submitted to Swipe Out Hunger

The Hosts 

Swipe Out Hunger is a national nonprofit that partners with colleges and universities to end student hunger. Since their start in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger has become the leading organization addressing food insecurity on campus through its innovative programming and success in policy, as seen in the Hunger-Free Campus Bill movement in California and New Jersey.

The organization works with universities and the community to provide the most efficient logistical and financial anti-hunger models. This includes meal swipe donation programs, SNAP enrollment, food pantry support, securing public funding, and addressing stigma. Swipe Out Hunger has more than 80 campus partners and has served 1.7 million meals to date.

The Healthy CUNY Initiative (HCI) is a campaign designed by CUNY students, faculty and staff to make CUNY the healthiest urban university in the United States. HCI seeks to ensure that students leave CUNY healthier and better able to protect their future health than when they entered.  Acknowledging the strong connection between educational achievement and health, HCI seeks to reduce the physical, psychological and family-related health barriers that block academic success and graduation.

Judging Criteria 

  • Innovative:  Solutions that leverage people, resources, and time that are available in the community. The proposal amplifies the structures and funding that already exist.
  • Sustainable: Projects that may rely on seed funding, but can continue to thrive beyond this year with identified or minimal funding.
  • Collaborative: The proposed project involves at least one or more other departments, on-campus resources (e.g. financial aid, student resources, etc.), student groups, or nonprofits. 

The Judges

  • Kathleen Delgado Coordinator, CUNY Food Security Advocates Project at CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute 
  • Patty Lamberson Deputy Director, Health CUNY
  • Nicholas Freudenberg Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Healthy CUNY
  • Marissa Schnitman Director of Programs, Swipe Out Hunger
  • Naomi Eisenberg Executive Director, Good People Fund 

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