Swipe Out Hunger is a national nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger. It advises colleges and universities on the design of commonsense and innovative anti-hunger programs. The most commonly adopted model is the organization’s flagship program, “The Swipe Drive,” which allows students to donate their extra meal plan swipes to their peers who face food insecurity on campus.
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THE SWIPE DRIVE
Students donate extra meal swipes
Donated dollars move into Swipe fund
Swipe fund is used towards:
Campus Food Pantry
We author and sponsor legislation on the state and federal level to support student food insecurity.
SB 85 Hunger Free Campus Bill California (Authored) – 2017
Financial support to all California public colleges (California State University, University of California, and community colleges) for initiatives addressing college student hunger, which in many cases includes starting a Swipe Out Hunger program.
A4702 Hunger Free Campus Bill New Jersey (Replication of SB 85) – 2019
Financial support to all public colleges in New Jersey for initiatives addressing college student hunger, which in many cases includes starting a Swipe Out Hunger program.
SB 173 CalFresh: Postsecondary Student Eligibility: Work Study (Sponsored) – 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 (Sponsored) – 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 (Sponsored) – 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 (Sponsored) – 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 Thoughts Act, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Ca) – Federal (Sponsored) – 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 .
HB 2205 Hunger Free Campus Bill Pennsylvania (Replication of SB85) – 2020
Financial support to all public colleges in Pennsylvania for initiatives addressing college student hunger, which in many cases includes starting a Swipe Out Hunger program.
HB 1175 Hunger Free Campus Grant Program Maryland (Replication of SB85) – 2020
Financial support to all public colleges in Maryland for initiatives addressing college student hunger, which in many cases includes starting a Swipe Out Hunger program.
AB 1862 Tuition-Free Bachelor’s Degree (Sponsored) – 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 (Sponsored) – 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.
BEYOND MEAL SWIPES
Authored successful +$20 million in legislation to support CA campuses with anti-hunger efforts
Grow SNAP outreach
Fight stigma associated with college student hunger through campaigns
50% of students learned about the resource from a friend
89% of students agreed it was an easy to access the resource
96% 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.
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
After an effective campus meal share program is adopted…
- HIGHER EDThe Higher Ed space will move closer towards becoming
a true platform for equity and equality.
- MOVEMENTThe college basic needs movement will gain greater
- CAMPUSThe campus will achieve higher retention and graduation rates
and become more inclusive as a whole.
- STUDENTStudents will experience improved health and nutrition, less
stigma and isolation, and increased academic wellbeing.