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With limitations to rollovers, many students with meal plans are often left with extra meal swipes at the end of a semester or academic year. One option to avoid wasting meals is by donating them. Swipe Out Hunger, for instance, partners with hundreds of colleges to give students facing food insecurity unused meal plan benefits. In addition to student donations, some colleges set aside a certain number of meal swipes to give away each year.
From our beginnings more than ten years ago, Swipe Out Hunger was designed to be anything but a traditional charity. Rather than running the same program each year, we learn and adapt our work—from acquiring other nonprofits to writing legislation that moves us closer to actually ending the issue of college student hunger. While more and more in our sector push for real systems change, here are three practices that could advance your justice work.
Colleges across the nation have stepped up to support their students during the pandemic, just like we saw HACC (Central Pennsylvania’s Community College) share in today’s editorial. Alongside meaningful programs like their Consultation, Advocacy, Referrals and Empowerment (CARE) Center, Swipe Out Hunger and our coalition partners across Pennsylvania are working to address the issue upstream. Legislation, like the Hunger Free Campus Act offers sustainable solutions to ensure students have the resources they need to successfully attain their degrees.
Swipe Out Hunger is a national nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger. It works with colleges and universities to design and implement a range of anti-hunger programs, including “The Swipe Drive” which enables students to donate meals to their peers facing food insecurity on campus. Swipe Out Hunger promotes on-campus solutions, policy and advocacy, and student empowerment practices to address college food insecurity. Recognized for its entrepreneurial nature, Swipe Out Hunger has been named an Obama White House Champion For Change and its founder, Rachel Sumekh, has landed a spot on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement at UCLA in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger has since served 2.5 million nourishing meals across all 50 states and more than 400 campuses. For more information, visit swipehunger.org.