CampusWorks’ Partnership with Swipe Out Hunger Provides More Than 15,000 Hot Meals to Hungry College Students During Pandemic
Bradenton, FL – January 25, 2021 – CampusWorks, a strategic higher education consulting firm, recently became the first company to partner with Swipe Out Hunger, a leading nonprofit dedicated to combating hunger among college students, to launch a community fundraising campaign that will provide hot dining hall meals to students in need.
CampusWorks’ Holiday Food Drive began in November 2020 and ran through the end of the year, drawing generous contributions from the company’s team members, family, friends, clients, and partners. The firm’s Board of Directors kicked off the campaign with a dollar-for-dollar matching incentive, raising a total of $15,379. Since every dollar donated provides one hot dining hall meal, this initiative will make a significant impact for thousands of college students nationwide during an exceptionally challenging time.
Prior to the pandemic, one in three college students faced hunger and food insecurity—issues that have since been magnified by lost income, unstable class schedules, and increasing uncertainty about where they will get their next meal. “We see firsthand the challenges that today’s college students face, and we don’t think hunger should stand in the way of pursuing one’s education,” said CampusWorks CEO Liz Murphy. “As we looked to partner on this initiative, we found a synergy with Swipe Out Hunger’s commitment and innovative approach.” Since 1999, CampusWorks’ vision has been to transform higher education so students, faculty, and staff can thrive, and its charitable efforts are an important part of realizing that goal.
“The CampusWorks community has demonstrated their steadfast commitment to student success through this generous and meaningful partnership,” said Swipe Out Hunger Founder & CEO Rachel Sumekh. “We are beyond grateful to work with such a like-minded organization to ensure thousands of students are able to access warm, nourishing meals that allow them to thrive as they earn their degree.”
Swipe Out Hunger was founded in 2010 by a group of friends at the University of California Los Angeles. An expert in innovative, sustainable meal donation practices, the nonprofit works closely with college campuses to launch programs that address student hunger. Its flagship program, “The Swipe Drive,” enables students with extra meal swipes or dining dollars to donate them to their peers. It also partners with corporations through grants, sponsorships, brand partnerships, matching gift programs, and community fundraising campaigns, like the one pioneered by CampusWorks. To date, Swipe Out Hunger has served more than 2 million nutritious meals to students at more than 125 colleges in 39 states.
About Swipe Out Hunger
Swipe Out Hunger is a national nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger. It advises colleges and universities on the design of commonsense and innovative anti-hunger programs. Recognized for its entrepreneurial nature, Swipe Out Hunger has been named an Obama White House Champion For Change and its founder, Rachel Sumekh, has landed a spot on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. For more information, visit swipehunger.org.
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