Rachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is the leading nonprofit in addressing hunger amongst college students.
Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times and landed her on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Swipe Out Hunger began in 2010 with a few friends as a college project at UCLA. Their innovative approach allows university students to donate the unused funds from their meal plans to peers facing food insecurity. In 2017, Swipe Out Hunger was called upon to author a piece of legislation to address college student hunger. The state of California adopted the legislation and put $50+ million behind it. This legislation has since been replicated in New Jersey and introduced in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Before launching Swipe Out Hunger full-time, Rachel followed her millennial urge to change the world and served those facing poverty as a case manager in Chicago. Rachel serves on the board of her spiritual community, IKAR, and is a proud graduate of UCLA. She credits her upbringing as the child of Iranian Jewish immigrants for her intersectional perspective.
In this workshop, students will have the amazing opportunity of working with Rachel to explore beginning a Swipe Out Hunger program at Texas Woman’s University. In this workshop, you will discuss how students can get involved, what is needed to get it started, and sustainability. Interactive with time for questions and brainstorming.
Space is limited.