Swipe It Forward
Don’t Go Hungry, Let Us Help
According to the Journal of College and Character, food insecurity among college students is up to 4 times greater than the national average. Food insecurity is when a person cannot afford to buy food, skipping meals or eating less due to a lack of money to buy food with. According to a research study done in 2017 at UNH, of the 923 students that were surveyed, 25 percent reported that they were going hungry throughout the day. When undernourished, students can experience difficulty learning and become vulnerable to health concerns, making it important to eat healthy and eat enough. Swipe It Forward is a UNH Program that was created for undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing food insecurity. The program is funded through donations made by UNH staff, faculty, students and the community.
If you or someone you know is struggling with food insecurity you can make a request and receive meal swipes that can be used at any of the dining halls, as meals to go or as meal exchanges. The request is confidential, with no questions asked. Another resource for students struggling with food insecurity is the Waysmeet Cornucopia Food Pantry. They have student only hours on Wednesdays from 3pm to 5 pm, and other hours on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5:30 pm and Fridays from 12pm to 1pm.