Swipe Out Hunger

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    About Swipe Out Hunger

    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. Our most commonly adopted model is our flagship program, “The Swipe Drive,” which allows students to donate their extra meal plan swipes to their peers who face food insecurity on campus. 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 2.4 million nourishing meals across 40 states and more than 130 campuses. We work with colleges on the following:

    On-Campus Solutions: 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 not only advocate for legislation on a state and federal level to end student hunger, but we train students to become basic needs champions through their own advocacy efforts.

    Student Empowerment: We work with colleges to ensure students are at the forefront of every campus food security program. We lift up the stories of students so that their experiences drive the national conversation on student hunger.


    Services
    Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI), Student Engagement, Student Success / Retention

    Address
    800 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
    Los Angeles, CA  90017

    Team

    Rachel Sumekh
    Rachel Sumekh
    Founder & CEO
    Zoe Schweitzer
    Zoe Schweitzer
    Director of Programs
    Emily Kass
    Emily Kass
    Community Engagement Manager
    Alexa Aburto
    Alexa Aburto
    Programs Strategist
    Robb Friedlander
    Robb Friedlander
    Director of Advocacy
    Tenille Metti Bowling
    Tenille Metti Bowling
    Director of Communications
    Josh Steinberg
    Josh Steinberg
    Development and Operations Manager

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    Santa Monica College Makes Important Progress in Developing Campus Food Resources

    Santa Monica College
    Santa Monica, CA

    "The support provided by Swipe Out Hunger allowed us to overhaul our FLVR program! After reviewing the data from Swipe's survey of our FLVR students, we were able to secure funding to increase both the value of the vouchers we provide as well as the number of vouchers students receive."

    With the passing of the Hunger Free Campus Act in 2017, Santa Monica College was able to continually develop their food resources on campus. A graduate student in public health was hired to train over 50 campus employees in CalFresh enrollment processes. The funding was also used towards the continual development of their meal voucher program, FLVR, to pay for additional vouchers for distribution. The student leader then used the data from the Swipe Out Hunger student beneficiary evaluation to persuade administration to increase the value of FLVR vouchers from $5 to $10, and to expand the budget allotted to food security programs as a whole.

    Services:
    Student Engagement,
    Student Success

    Student Leadership Makes the Difference at Boise State

    Boise State University
    Boise, ID

    In Fall 2018, student leader Sara Thomas began the process of implementing a meal swipe donation program with support from Swipe Out Hunger staff. While there was an existing meal distribution program with the dining service on campus, there was no donation aspect of the program. Over the course of the following 2 years, with encouragement, resources, and guidance from the Swipe Out Hunger staff, Sara was able to advocate for the implementation of a meal swipe donation aspect of the existing program. She is now graduating and is transitioning her leadership to a new student leader on campus, who will ensure the program’s sustainability.

    Services:
    Student Engagement,
    Student Success

    UMN Builds One of the Strongest Swipe Out Hunger Organizations in the US

    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN

    Over the course of 4 years, UMN has successfully transitioned student leadership each year and built one of the most successful SOH student organizations in the country. Alongside this accomplishment, the current student co-presidents of the UMN Swipe Out Hunger student organization are running an advocacy campaign to push for student food security legislation in the state of Minnesota, and have met with Rep. Tina Smith’s team as well as Senator Amy Klobuchar’s team.

    Services:
    Student Engagement,
    Student Success

    UTK Student Leaders Achieve Increases in Number of Guest Meal Donation "Swipes"

    University of Tennessee - Knoxville
    Knoxville, TN

    "We have seen tremendous strides in addressing the issue of food insecurity because of the addition of Swipe Out Hunger on our campus."

    The Big Orange Meal Share was started through the Dean of Students’ office at UTK in 2016. Student leaders felt strongly about reforming the program to allow students to donate more of their leftover meal swipes, and with the support of Swipe Out Hunger they successfully advocated for the increase of 7 guest meal swipes to 20 guest meal swipes that could be donated. From this success they created the Student Basic Needs Coalition (SBNC) to further increase the visibility of the student experience; successfully lobbied on the hill for a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Georgia Johnson for student basic needs funding.

    Services:
    Student Engagement,
    Student Success

    Food Security Program Designed as Collaboration with On-Campus Restaurants

    Linn-Benton Community College
    Albany, OR

    "The issue is now somehow legitimized more by partnering with Swipe Out Hunger and we're getting a lot more steam behind the initiative."

    LBCC does not have meal plans for students on their campus, so they were looking to develop a food security program that could be a collaborative effort with the on-campus restaurants. With the creative and steadfast support of Swipe Out Hunger staff, administrators on LBCC’s campus were able to implement a round-up program in which community members and students could round-up to the nearest dollar on their restaurant purchases to be donated to a fund for meal vouchers.

    Services:
    Student Engagement,
    Student Success