Food stamps provide almost one-third of Philadelphia’s residents with slightly less than $4 per day for food.
31% of Philadelphians have to feed themselves for an entire day with less money than it costs to buy a Venti Latte at Starbucks, Grilled Chicken Strips from McDonalds, or two KIND bars from Under Commons.
Just take a minute and think about that again… 31% of Philadelphia residents, our next-door neighbors, have to feed themselves for a whole day with less money than can buy two KIND bars.
So how do we put an end to food insecurity in Philadelphia? How do we make it so that almost a third of Philadelphia’s residents have more food each day than just a Latte’s worth?
SWIPE Out Hunger (Swipes) is a new organization that allows Penn students to convert their unused meal swipes into food for the hungry in Philadelphia. Already this year, Swipes has donated over $4,000 in food to Philadelphia’s food insecure, and is looking to donate even more before the end of the year.
So how can you help be a part of this movement? On Tuesday, April 28, between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm, you can travel to Gourmet Grocer under 1920 Commons to donate up to 2 meal swipes to SWIPE Out Hunger. Additionally, if you would like to get more involved with this new community service organization, you can email Jessie Abrams and Liza Lansing, the founders of Swipes, at email@example.com.