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Cornell Dining helps in the fight on Food Insecurity

Cornell Dining has partnered with Swipe Out Hunger to fight food insecurity on campus.  Cornell students have the opportunity to donate one of their bonus meals each semester to a Swipe Out Hunger fund, which will be distributed to their fellow students who are in need. The program is administered by the Office of the Dean of Students through First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support.

Food Insecurity on Campus

Food insecurity is on the rise among college students. A person who is food insecure has at times run out of money to buy food, or they sometimes run out of food before they can get more money. It has been estimated that 1 in 3 college students faces food insecurity. With that in mind, Cornell Dining and the Associate Dean of Students, Director of First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support have partnered with Swipe Out Hunger to assist students who find themselves in such situations.

Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe out Hunger is the leading nonprofit addressing hunger amongst college students. Founded by a group of friends at UCLA in 2010, it has grown campus by campus into a national movement serving more than 1.5 million nutritious meals to date. SOH has partnerships with 62 college and university partners, including Cornell University. 

The Cornell Dining - Swipe Out Hunger Program

Cornell students can donate one bonus meal from their current Traditional or House meal plan each semester. Donated bonus meals are collected and placed in a Swipe Out Hunger fund, and Cornell students who meet eligibility requirements will be given access to a Swipe Out Hunger meal plan. Participating students can use the Swipe Out Hunger meal plan in any of Cornell Dining’s All You Care to Eat Dining Rooms.  

Administering the Program

The Swipe Out Hunger program is administered by the Office of the Dean of Students through First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support. Students experiencing food insecurity should go to the Dean of Students website (dos.cornell.edu) under First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support and complete the Bonus Meal Distribution Form.

A representative from First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support will follow up with the student regarding their inquiry into the program. All inquiries and use of the program are confidential.

How to Donate

Cornell Dining will have Swipe Out Hunger booths to accept bonus meal donations at select locations from February 4 – 15.  Here is a complete listing of dates and times.

Monday, February 4, 2019 
    North Campus, Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery:  5:30p – 7:00p

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Central Campus, Ho Plaza outside WSH:  11:00a – 1:00p
    North Campus, Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery:  5:30p – 7:00p

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    Central Campus, Willard Straight Hall Lobby:  11:00a – 1:00p
    North Campus, North Star:  5:00p – 6:30p
    West Campus: 
        Cook House Dining Room:  6:00p-6:45p
        Becker House Dining Room:  6:00p-6:45p
        
Thursday, February 7, 2019 
    Central Campus, Willard Straight Hall Lobby:  11:00a – 1:00p
    North Campus, North Star:  5:00p – 6:30p

Friday, February 8, 2019 
    Central Campus, Willard Straight Hall Lobby:  11:00a – 1:00p
    
Monday, February 11, 2019 & Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Central Campus, Trillium:  11:00a – 1:00p
    North Campus, North Star:  5:00p – 6:30p

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Central Campus, Trillium:  11:00a – 1:00p
    North Campus, Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery:  5:30p – 7:00p
    West Campus, 
        Bethe House Dining Room:  6:00p-6:45p
        Keeton House Dining Room:  6:00p-6:45p
        Rose House Dining Room: 6:00p-6:45p

Thursday, February 14, 2019 
    Central Campus, Trillium:  11:00a – 1:00p
    North Campus, Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery:  5:30p – 7:00p

Friday, February 15, 2019 
    Central Campus, Trillium:  11:00a – 1:00p
 

If you are unable to attend any of the donation events, you can also donate by email at dining@cornell.edu.  

Swipe Out Hunger Q&A

Why is this program being implemented?

Food insecurity is on the rise among college students. A person who is food insecure at times or frequently runs out of money to buy food, or they run out of food before they can get more money. It has been estimated that 1 in 3 college students faces food insecurity. We wish it wasn’t so, but even here at Cornell, we know that some students are making difficult choices with their dollars. With that in mind, Cornell Dining & the Associate Dean of Students, Director of First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support has partnered with Swipe Out Hunger to assist students who find themselves in this situation.

Who is Swipe Out Hunger?

Swipe Out Hunger is the leading nonprofit organization addressing hunger amongst college students. Founded by a group of friends at UCLA in 2010, it has grown campus by campus into a national movement serving over 1.5 million nutritious meals to date. It has partnerships with 62 universities, including Cornell University.

Which meals can I donate?

Bonus Meals from your current traditional or House meal plan are the only meals that can be donated. 

How come I can only donate Bonus Meals?

Bonus meals are eligible to be donated because they are not designated solely for your individual use.

Why can I donate only one meal per semester?

Since this is our initial pilot implementation, we want to keep it simple and manageable. At the end of the semester, we will review the program, analyze results, and make any necessary modifications for the future. 

How does the Swipe Out Hunger program work?

Cornell students can donate one bonus meal from their current traditional or House meal plan each semester. Donated bonus meals are collected and placed in a Swipe Out Hunger fund. Cornell students who meet eligibility requirements will be given access to a Swipe Out Hunger meal plan. Cornell students can use the Swipe Out Hunger meal plan in all of Cornell Dining’s All You Care to Eat Dining locations.   

How do students get the donated meals?

The Swipe Out Hunger program is administered by the Office of the Dean of Students through First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support. Students experiencing food insecurity should go to the Dean of Students website (dos.cornell.edu) under First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support and complete the Bonus Meal Distribution Form.

A representative from First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support will follow up with the student regarding their inquiry into the program.  All inquiries are confidential.

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