OUR WORK

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 120+ campus network. This includes a variety of efforts:

  • On-Campus Solutions

    We help campuses launch programs to combat student hunger. Our flagship program, “The Swipe Drive, enables students with extra meal swipes or dining dollars to donate them to their peers. We serve as an expert in innovative and sustainable meal donation practices. We are excited and available to connect with any campus team looking to launch a swipe program, expand the reach of a pre-existing swipe program, or support in developing and sustaining anti-hunger programs on their campus.

  • Advocacy & Policy

    We help students become advocates for basic needs on their campus, as well as at the state and federal level. We offer advocacy trainings for student leaders, as well as targeted campaign opportunities.

  • Student Empowerment

    We train students on how to become leaders on campus through our programs and advocacy pathways. We also provide a platform for students with lived experience of food insecurity to share their stories with our larger community.

120 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:

  • Meal Swipes

  • Campus Food Pantry

POLICY WINS

We author and sponsor legislation on the state and federal level to support student food insecurity.

PASSED

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.

IN PROCESS

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 Thought 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.

OUR IMPACT

STUDENT HUNGER IS REAL.
WE CAN HELP END IT.

In the 2019 – 2020 school year, we expanded to 38 new campuses and 10 new states.

  • 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.

University of California, Irvine senior