UPPER CUMBERLAND – Swipe Out Hunger, the leading national nonprofit working to end college student food insecurity, recently announced that $3,000 microgrants will be distributed to 17 colleges to support their campus food pantries. Roane State Community College is included on the list of recipients.
This is the first cycle of Swipe Out Hunger’s inaugural campus pantry microgrant fund, which started as part of the organization acquiring the College and University Food Bank Alliance in October 2021. Seventeen partnering campus pantries were selected by lottery to receive funds to be used for their campus pantries.
“Beyond best practices and a community of support, campus pantries made clear to us that increased funding was the most impactful way they could better support students’ basic needs,” said Rachel Sumekh, Founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. “We are thrilled to help colleges across the U.S. strengthen their pantries, and we’re even more excited to learn how, with some additional support, campus pantries can better meet students’ needs.”
At Roane State, the college’s three campus pantries will split the grant funds evenly and use those dollars to improve services and better aid RSCC students. The Raider Pantry in Roane County plans to purchase a larger freezer to replace the mini freezer it currently utilizes to store frozen food items. It will also use some of the funds to purchase food items to stock the pantry.
The Brain Food pantry at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus will purchase much needed shelving and tables, in addition to food items. The Cumberland County Pantry will use funds to purchase food, in addition to paying stipends to student workers who help operate the food pantry.
These grants and Swipe Out Hunger’s greater pantry work are made possible thanks to the support of ECMC Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Zale Foundation and community members who believe no student should have to choose between food and their education. The full list of Spring 2022 microgrant recipients is available at swipehunger.org/spring22grants.
Following the end of the grant period in August 2022, Swipe Out Hunger will begin its Fall microgrant cycle. Additional information on Roane State’s food pantry services are posted online at roanestate.edu/foodpantry.
About Swipe Out Hunger
Swipe Out Hunger is a national nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger. It works with colleges and universities to design and implement a range of anti-hunger programs, including “The Swipe Drive” which enables students to donate meals to their peers facing food insecurity on campus. Swipe Out Hunger promotes on-campus solutions, policy and advocacy, and student empowerment practices to address college food insecurity. Recognized for its entrepreneurial nature, Swipe Out Hunger has been named an Obama White House Champion for Change and its founder, Rachel Sumekh, has landed a spot on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement at UCLA in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger has since served 2.5 million nourishing meals across all 50 states and more than 400 campuses. For more information, visit swipehunger.org.
About Roane State
Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has locations in Roane, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Morgan and Scott counties as well as a branch campus in Oak Ridge. For more information, visit roanestate.edu or call (865) 882-4554. Remember, eligible adults can now attend Roane State tuition-free with the new Reconnect grant. Learn more at roanestate.edu/reconnect.