Campus Calendar

May 15

Convocation: Rachel Sumekh

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Social entrepreneur Rachel Sumekh offers innovative solutions to address food insecurity and low-income stigma among college students.

Friday, May 15th, 2020
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel

Rachel Sumekh is the Founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger.  What began in 2010 with a few friends as a college project has become a leading nonprofit addressing hunger among college students.  Since, it has grown onto 80 colleges and universities, serving 1.7 million nutritious meals.  Nationally, 1 in 3 college students face food insecurity and the stigma around being low-income.  This threatens a student’s ability to focus in class, stay in school, and feel part of the campus community.  The innovative approach of Swipe Out Hunger allows university students to donate the unused funds from their meal plans to food insecure peers.  Of those students served by the program, 48% are first generation students.  Sumekh’s work was recognized by President Obama, featured in The New York Times, and landed her on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.  Her organization was recently called upon in California to author a piece of legislation to address college student hunger.  The State of California adopted the legislation and put $7.5 million behind it.  Swipe Out Hunger continues to be dedicated to building partnerships to implement both innovative and proven common sense solutions to address college student hunger.

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