HUNGER FREE CAMPUS BILL
WHAT IS THE HUNGER FREE CAMPUS BILL?
Swipe Out Hunger is the original architect of the Hunger Free Campus Bill, which sends funding to public colleges who are addressing student hunger on campus. Since its passage in California, each state who has adopted it has customized it to their unique needs. The Bill enables colleges to:
Start a Swipe Out Hunger program
For campuses that have meal plans, students should have the option to donate their extra meals to their peers facing food insecurity on campus, enabling these students access to a warm, nourishing meal at a dining hall.
**Community colleges are exempt**
Through an on-campus pantry or partnership with a local food bank, students should be able to regularly access food.
Create SNAP Enrollment Opportunities
Campuses should designate a person to ensure students have access to accurate information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including how to apply.
THE HUNGER FREE CAMPUS BILL HAS BEEN PASSED IN…
THE HUNGER FREE CAMPUS BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN…
Swipe Out Hunger is here to help you introduce and implement this groundbreaking policy at colleges in your state.
Reach out to Advocacy@swipehunger.org
to learn more.
HOW HAVE COLLEGES LEVERAGED FUNDING FROM THE HUNGER FREE CAMPUS BILL?
In California, more than 2.7 million students have been helped through this legislation. See other examples of how students have used this funding to support students’ basic needs:
Staffed Basic Needs Positions
CSU Monterey Bay hired two student assistants to support campus basic needs initiatives.
Trained Student Wellness Advocates
CSU LA trained faculty, staff, and student leaders in basic needs best practices.
Strengthened Communication Outreach
CSU Monterey Bay launched a text message app, alerting students of leftover food at campus events.
Upgraded Existing Basic Needs Resources
CSU Fresno renovated their student cupboard with new SNAP stations and storage/refrigeration.
Expanded Universities’ SNAP Outreach and Enrollment
CSU LA has assisted 1,000 students with SNAP pre-screenings, applications, and reporting in the last school year.
Developed Creative Corporate & Community Partnerships
CSU Monterey Bay collaborated with Starbucks to receive donated grab-and-go food and local farmers markets
to purchase vouchers for produce.