About one in five college students regularly skip meals, according to Swipe Out Hunger, an organization that is tackling food insecurity on campus. This number is growing as students are prioritizing other costs associated with college over food.
Swipe Out Hunger encourages college students to donate unused funds or “swipes” from their meal plans to food insecure peers. The program began in 2010 with a few friends as a college project at UCLA. Now 62 universities participate in the program, serving 1.6 million meals.
Rachel Sumekh, founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger, has been recognized by the Obama White House and The New York Times, and her work has landed her on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Sumekh will be the featured speaker at the fifth Annual Edie Adelman Lecture on April 3 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Sinai, 8223 N. Port Washington Road in Fox Point. The lecture, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy and the Edie Adelman Political Awareness Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation. Register at MilwaukeeJewish.org/Edie.