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41 million people or 1 in 6 struggle with hunger daily in the United States. Hunger is an epidemic that knows no bounds and is present in every community, including higher education communities. In 2016 a national survey was conducted to determine the number of college and university students personally experiencing food insecurity. The survey results indicated that 1 in 5 students did not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable nutritious food and many institutions are struggling on how to combat this issue.
Northeastern University recently piloted the innovative program 'Swipe2Care,' an initiative created as a collaboration between the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Affairs and Dining Services. A significant number of students have utilized the program and it continues to grow and improve as student awareness of the program grows. Come learn about how the Northeastern team realized the need for the program, what implementation required, and lessons learned during this pilot year.