Support student food security with spring Swipe Drives: March 8 and April 12

Join the Dean of Students office and campus partners on March 8 and April 12 for the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s spring semester Swipe Drives through Swipe Out Hunger, the leading nonprofit devoted to ending college student hunger in the United States.

On March 8 and April 12, anyone using a Wiscard to make a purchase at the Wisconsin Union dining locations, University Recreation and Wellbeing, or University Housing, will be able to add $1 to directly support students through UW–Madison’s Badger FARE Program. The program is an established food security fund through the Dean of Students Office  that can load $75 directly onto a student’s Wiscard once an academic year. 

According to a March 2020 study conducted by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, 38% of students at four-year universities and 44% at two-year universities faced food insecurity — a lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food  —  in the previous 30 days. 

By working collaboratively with university students and leadership, Swipe Out Hunger helps campuses develop innovative food security programs and practices that meet the needs of their students. Through a student-led collaboration between the Dean of Students Office, Wisconsin Union, Office of Student Financial Aid, and University Housing, UW–Madison became the first Swipe Out Hunger partner in the state of Wisconsin in October 2021. The national initiative has helped bring more than 2 million meals to college students in partnership with more than 130 universities in 40 states.

Please join us March 8 and April 12 to help ensure all Badgers have access to healthy and nutritious food.