Swipe Out Hunger is a national nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger. We advise colleges and universities on the design of commonsense and innovative anti-hunger programs.
We work with colleges and universities to implement a range of anti-hunger programs across our 130+ campus network. This includes a variety of efforts:
130 PARTNERS AND COUNTING
THE SWIPE DRIVE
Students donate extra meal swipes and/or dining dollars
Donated dollars move into Swipe fund**
Swipe fund is used towards:
Campus Food Pantry
** Learn more about how these Swipes get redistributed here.
In addition to authoring the original Hunger Free Campus Bill and supporting its replication, which has been passed in two states and introduced in either others, we also sponsor legislation on the state and federal level to support student food security.
SB 173 CalFresh: Postsecondary Student Eligibility: Work Study – 2019
Removes barriers to students receiving subsidies under CalFresh, in part by streamlining the application process.
AB 1278 Public Postsecondary Educational Institutions: Public Services and Programs: Internet Website Notification – 2019
Requires California public universities to include internet website-based account for an enrolled student notification of, and a link to information on, specified public services and programs, including the CalFresh program, county or local housing resources, and county or local mental health services.
SB 150 Student Financial Aid: Chafee Grant Awards – 2019
Improves access to the Chafee grant for foster youth by speeding up disbursements and creating more flexible standards for maintaining the grant.
College Student Hunger Act of 2019 introduced by by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) – Federal – 2019
Ensures support to students facing food insecurity and removes barriers to low-income college students accessing SNAP benefits by expanding the eligibility criteria.
Food For Thought Act, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Ca) – Federal – 2019
Authorize $6 million a year for a pilot investment to create grants that would help provide free meals to the nation’s community college students .
AB 1862 Tuition-Free Bachelor’s Degree – 2020
Provides two years of tuition-free education at any California State University campus for any student who has received an associate degree for transfer from a California Community College and received a fee waiver through the California College Promise program.
H.R. 6201 Coronavirus Response Act – 2020
Provides paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers.
50% of students learned about the resource from a friend
85% of students agreed it was an easy to access the resource
75% of students are comfortable using the resource at their college
In the four years I’ve been in college, this is one of the first programs that has actually aided my needs as a first generation, low-income student.