Swipe Out Hunger was born from a simple idea: many college students on a meal plan end the semester with excess meal swipes, which, left unused, will expire. Meanwhile, 1 in 4 residents of West Philadelphia struggle with food insecurity. Through meal swipe donation, our mission is to help bridge the meal gap.
Swipe Out Hunger has since capitalized on its campus presence to expand programming beyond meal swipe collection. We now additionally focus on educating and engaging the Penn community about hunger through a variety of events.
Spring 2015: In the pilot semester, Swipe Out Hunger engaged 20% of students on a meal plan, and enough meal swipes were collected to fund over 14,000 meals for food insecure residents of West Philadelphia.
Fall 2015: As a supplement to meal swipe donation, Swipe Out Hunger launched the $4 Challenge. People enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) receive an average daily food budget of $4. We challenged students to live on $4 of food for one day, then post their total consumption on social media and challenge another person.
Spring 2016: To increase student involvement, awareness, and donations, Swipe Out Hunger supplemented the semesterly donation day with profit shares. Partnership with Schmear It Food Truck and Insomnia Cookies helped raised crucial funds for Philabundance Food Network. Additionally, Swipe Out Hunger co-sponsored a PB&J-athon during which 1,000 sandwiches are made and donated.
Fall 2016: For the first time ever, Swipe Out Hunger launched a student to student meal swipe donation. Nationally, 1 in 7 students struggle with food insecurity. Swipe Out Hunger is proud to engage with this issue. Swipe Out Hunger continues to co-sponsor PB&J-athon, began hosting volunteer weeks at local food banks and soup kitchens, and partnered with University of Pennsylvania's Van Pelt Library Food for Fines.
Spring 2017: To
TOTAL IMPACT AS OF FALL 2016: 38,000 MEALS