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An Update from Our CEO

To my Swipe Out Hunger community,

As we enter into spring and a season that celebrates growth and opportunity, I wanted to personally inform you of some important news.

I have decided to transition from my role as CEO of Swipe Out Hunger on July 29, 2022. Since helping to co-found the organization in 2010, I have had the great fortune of growing Swipe Out Hunger from one campus campaign to the systems-change nonprofit we are today. I will forever be the proud founder of this organization and will continue to support and champion our work.

There is so much to say about this journey. We have built an incredible and fortified organization and are poised to bring in a committed new leader to build on this impressive foundation. We secured expert staff leadership, finalized a three year strategic plan, completed a successful acquisition, and are in a strong financial position. 

Student food insecurity remains an urgent issue. During the pandemic, 35% of college students said hunger has impacted their ability to study. I challenged our team to show up for the moment and we grew from 120 to 435 campuses in just the past year. We provided the training, support, and advocacy for college administrators and student leaders who are addressing this urgent need in real time – and there is more to do. 

Swipe Out Hunger’s work continues to play a vital role on college campuses and this transition will not impact our operations, programs, or mission.

Just as you’ve always had our backs, we invite you to continue supporting us in this next stage by helping us find Swipe Out Hunger’s new Executive Director. The ideal candidate:
– Worked directly on the issues of poverty, hunger, or basic needs insecurity in higher education 
– Is a people-centered leader who prioritizes relationships and brings together new and diverse partners around a shared mission 
– Is enthusiastic about fundraising and has experience stewarding individuals, foundations, or corporate partners

Swipe Out Hunger has been my life’s work since I was 18 years old and I’m deeply grateful to our staff and board who will continue to build towards a more equitable higher education system. Moving forward, I will explore new opportunities to create a more joyful and just world – although no founder transition is easy, I believe in making space for new leadership. I’m energized by the new journey ahead for Swipe Out Hunger and myself.

You’ll hear more from me in the months ahead. As we continue to push the status quo, I want to thank you for believing in a world where no student should go hungry. 

Forever swiping,


Rachel Sumekh
Founder + CEO
 

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