Feeding Students During COVID-19: Meal Donation Programs

On a normal day, 40% of college students report themselves as food insecure. As alarming as this statistic is, it’s the reality on campuses across our nation. Add in a global pandemic, campus and restaurant closures, and loss of part- or full-time income, and many young adults are left with little assistance to meet their basic needs.

In part two of our feeding students series, Swipe Out Hunger shares how they are bringing together student and campus leaders to combat food insecurity during COVID-19. From weekly webinars to advocacy efforts, the Swipe Out Hunger team is compiling resources to help students nationwide.

Rachel Sumekh, founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger, details ways campuses can act now to support students left on or near campus. Meredith Song, a Swipe Out student-leader, also shares how she and her peers raise and distribute donated meal swipes at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Vanderbilt University collects meal swipes through the GET CBORD Student app. Amy Surprenant, manager of card services, explains their process in the Commodore Card Office.

Additionally, Rob Wakelee, CBORD commerce product owner, provides details on how CBORD and other technology partners are helping food insecure students.

In this on-demand webinar, we discuss:

  • Ways campuses are providing food via takeout or food pantries
  • How to track students in need and provide access to meal swipes
  • Partnerships providing access to restaurants nationwide using campus card funds

Missed part one of our Feeding Students series?

Learn how to transition campus dining to takeout or delivery.

Presented by

Rachel Sumekh, Swipe Out Hunger
Meredith Song, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Amy Surprenant, Vanderbilt University
Rob Wakelee, CBORD