FUNDING MEALS CREDITS
Swipe Out Hunger believes in looking to resources that already exist on campus and redirecting them fund food security programs on campus for sustainable programs. Consider the following models when designing your program from best practices across Swipe Out Hunger’s network.
Students donate leftover meal swipes
This is Swipe Out Hunger’s flagship program. On a semi-regular basis students with extra meal swipes, dollars, or guest passes are given the opportunity to donate them. These credits are accumulated by the university and used to fund anti-hunger programs, chiefly, dining hall passes for other students.
Students choose not to swipe in
Once each term students have the chance to sign up to not use their meal swipe on a designated day. The funds they did not use during that meal period are collected, accumulated, and used to fund meal credits or similar financial assistance programs on campus.
Add resource to existing budget
Several campuses have simply added $5,000 – $20,000 into their dining budgets to fund meal passes for hungry students. This line item may be offset through crowdfunding campaigns, alumni fundraising, parent association, student government, etc.
Allocate a portion of student fees to fund meal passes for students who are in need. Swipe Out Hunger does not believe the primary burden of responsibility should fall on students to support their peers, but it is an option to pilot such a program.
Securing special funding sources for target demographics
Look for funding both on campus and organizations externally that would like to ensure this resource for a target demographic. For example, CAFYES funds meal vouchers for foster students in colleges across California.
Staff Payroll Deductions
Partner with local restaurants for meal vouchers
In cases where there is no campus dining facilities, administration can develop partnerships with local restaurants near campus (Subway, Rubios, etc.) where those vendors agree to accept a meal voucher valued at $5 in exchange for a square meal. For more information on how this type of partnership was established at Santa Monica College, click here.