On March 25th, hundreds of Penn students took action against hunger by turning meal swipes into donations to a Philadelphia food bank.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., nearly 500 students donated 900 swipes, resulting in $4,200 in donations to Philabundance.
“Donation Day was a huge success! It was so exciting going above and beyond the original goal,” said SWIPE Out Hunger team member Nicole Berkman. “I felt the Penn community embraced the project and really aspired to make a difference. The most frequent comment I received was, ‘This is a great idea, I had so many extra swipes last semester!’"
SWIPE Out Hunger Penn, led by sophomores Jessie Abrams and Liza Lansing, partners with Bon Appétit and Penn Dining to give students the opportunity to exchange excess meal swipes for donations to Philabundance.
The organization was created to help fight hunger in Philadelphia, where one in four people live in poverty. More than 411,000 Philadelphia residents receive help from a food pantry and over 464,000 receive food stamps.
Through SWIPE Out Hunger Penn, an aisle of Gourmet Grocer is stocked with non-perishable items requested by Philabundance twice per semester. Students can use a meal swipe to “purchase” five items from the aisle to be donated to Philabundance.
"I love how this Swipe Out Hunger project is a win/win situation for both sides,” said Emily Zhen, who works on the SWIPE Out Hunger team. “Those who don't have enough to eat get the food they need, while students can put their extra swipes to good use.”
The next donation day is scheduled for April 28th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students are encouraged to donate up to two swipes at the Gourmet Grocer on the lower level of the 1920s Commons.
For more information, visit swipeouthungerpenn.org or www.facebook.com/SWIPEOutHungerPenn/.