Ithaca College students will soon be able to fight hunger among their peers with just the swipe of a card. Beginning this fall, students with a college meal plan will have the option to anonymously donate one of their allotted guest passes to fellow students facing food insecurity.
The initiative is being undertaken in collaboration with Swipe Out Hunger, an organization that partners with colleges to end student hunger. The group works with 46 colleges across the country and its campus programs have provided over 1.4 million meals to date.
Under the program, IC students can donate one guest pass per semester to a “bank” created by the Office of Student Financial Services. Those passes will then be provided to students in need, who can access them using their student ID card.
The program will begin with a yearlong trial phase, during which Student Financial Services will collect data, including the number of passes donated and the number used, in order to assess its effectiveness.