Penn State Students React to the “Swipe Out Hunger” Initiative

Story posted November 17, 2021 in CommRadio, News by James Garcia

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. –- Penn State has partnered with the Swipe Out Hunger national organization to run its “Swipe Out Hunger” drive from Nov. 13 to Nov. 21. This initiative will be available to students at all Penn State campuses.

At any residential dining facility, students during this period can donate $5, $10 or $15 after paying for their meals. These donations will all go toward the university’s Student Emergency Fund, to not only support those facing food-related insecurity, but also housing issues and other emergencies.

Responses from students seem to be incredibly positive with regards to this joint initiative. In one example, third-year student Jordan Dikoum compared the initiative to the likes of tipping.

“It’s kind of like the same thing as tipping, except you’re donating, which is even better in my opinion,” Dikoum said.

First-year student Matt Brophy applauds the idea of Penn State’s joint venture with the Swipe Out Hunger national organization.

"I think it’s a good idea to give kids who are under-privileged a chance to get food that they otherwise wouldn’t have,” Brophy said.

This partnership was sprung from Penn State’s Task Force on Food and Housing Insecurity and has now just become one of the many resources that Penn State University has to support students who may be in need.


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