Bruins Help Bruins: Collecting Meals for Homeless Students
With growing budget cuts and tuition increases, students are having to choose between their education and their well-being. Student homelessness is a growing problem in our public institutions and our organization aims to alleviate the problem through meal collection, education, and awareness.
‘Swipes for the Homeless’ operates by partnering with the Office of Residential Life and the Housing Office to convert leftover university meals swipes into non-perishable goods for homeless Bruins. ‘The idea of using your leftover food and donating it those in need is not a revolutionary concept,’ says Co-Founder Thach ‘Tak’ Nguyen, ‘Where Swipes is unique is our collaboration with administration towards a common cause that benefits both the students and the university.’ Since foundation in 2009, ‘Swipes for the Homeless’ has collected over 35,000 pounds of nonperishable food to the homeless community.
However, the measure of our impact has not been calculated purely on the pounds of food we have collected. Since our inception at UCLA, we are proud to see our story and our mission spread across the nation. Students in economic crisis finally have the advocacy and awareness they deserve with campuses spreading the word in over 10 chapters through the globe including USC, University of Texas-San Marcos, and University of Paris.
After being recognized by President Obama at the White House in March of 2012, we have been blessed with the opportunity to bring this important cause to further light on the national media scale and seeing new communities that are impacted by our mission joining our cause.
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Swipes for the Homeless
The mission of Swipes for the Homeless is to help alleviate the susceptivity of homeless populations neighboring participating universities, not only to feed the homeless, but also to educate the students on campus about homelessness and hunger problems, and what they can do to help.
- Over 35,000 pounds of food donated by chapters that span the entire nation
- Helped 10,000 individuals.
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