Swipe Out Hunger, is a nation-wide program that collaborates with colleges to help put an end to student hunger and assist those who struggle with food insecurity. The Department of Dining Services and Community Outreach are collaborating with the Dean of Students Office to launch this program at UConn.
Students with a traditional dining plan interested in supporting the program can do so at two, Give-A-Meal events that will be hosted by Dining Services this semester. The first one will be on Wednesday, October 16th. Swipes will be accepted at all eight dining units from 4:15pm-7:15pm. Swipe in one time and donate a flex pass. The October 16th donation will go to the UConn Swipes initiative, the Willimantic No Freeze Shelter and the Covenant Soup Kitchen. A donation of $2.50, the raw food cost, is the value of each swipe.
Additionally, anyone interested in supporting the Students First Fund with a direct donation can do so by visiting https://studentaffairs.uconn.edu/students-first-fund/. The Students First Fund was created by the Division of Student Affairs and is supported by private donations. The program supports students who have experienced an unanticipated hardship. Your gift enables the University community to demonstrate the care and concern they have for students, reminding them that they are an important and valuable part of the UConn community.
PRIZE ALERT!! Each Dining Unit will have a UConn Swipes poster near the check in on Oct 16th. Donate your flex pass and then take a picture of the poster to help spread the word on Instagram. Tag @uconndining in your post and you’ll be entered to win a $10 UConn Dairy Bar gift certificate! Some units will also have selfie frames for photos with your dinner crew.