On March 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Penn students can donate up to 2 meal swipes to feed hungry families in West Philadelphia.
Food insecurity is a global crisis that impacts citizens in every community. Despite governmental and private efforts, the devastating effects of hunger are extensive, penetrating the lives of all ages, races, genders, and geographic locations. For 1 in 6 Americans, and 1 in 4 Philadelphians, each day brings with it a new struggle to find food.
Meanwhile, at the end of each semester many Penn students are left with dozens of extra meal swipes and nothing to do with them.
Having realized that meal plans are being underutilized while members of the larger community are starving, two College sophomores, Jessie Abrams and Liza Lansing, decided to create SWIPE Out Hunger (Swipes), a new organization that allows Penn students to convert their unused meal swipes into food for the hungry.
The brilliance of the Swipes model is in its simplicity. On two different days this semester, Penn students with a meal plan can simply travel to Gourmet Grocer, donate up to 2 of their meal swipes at a specified location within, and then choose either 5 or 10 food items that they would like to donate to hungry families in West Philadelphia. Gourmet Grocer will then take these items and, in partnership with Philabundance, deliver them to those in need.
By asking students to go physically pick items from the shelf, Swipes hopes to raise awareness and create a movement around donating unused meal swipes to solve the hunger crisis.
So how can you help be a part of this movement? On Wednesday, March 25, between the hours of 10 am and 4 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 and Liza at firstname.lastname@example.org.