Penn State Partners With Nonprofit ‘Swipe Out Hunger’ To Combat Food Insecurity For Fifth Semester

For the fifth consecutive semester, Penn State is partnering with the non-profit Swipe Out Hunger to combat food insecurity. Until Saturday, April 20, Penn State students can donate their dining dollars in $5 increments when they purchase a meal at any on-campus dining commons or through the Penn State Eats mobile app.

All donations from the campaign will go towards the Student Emergency Fund, a fund that directly supports any student at every Penn State campus location facing common issues such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, homelessness, and unexpected emergencies.

According to the 2022 Food and Housing Needs survey, more than 14% of Penn State students indicated that they did not eat at least once in the previous month due to the inability to afford food. Organizations like Swipe Out Hunger hope to bring that number down to 0% not only across Penn State, but across the nation as well.

“Swipe Out Hunger empowers our Penn State community to support fellow students in need, creating a healthier and more engaged campus for all of us,” said Leanne Lenz, associate director of student care and advocacy. “Together, we’re building a campus where every student has the resources they need to succeed.”

Students who are struggling with Food and Housing Insecurity can go to the Penn State Student Affairs website to find the resources that are available to them. Those with a more immediate need can fill out the Basic Needs Request Form to get assistance.

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