Stop Student Homelessness and Hunger Fund

Swipe Out Hunger

Homelessness and Hunger: A Los Angeles College Student Crisis           Donate Now

The state of student homelessness and food insecurity—a nationwide problem—has reached shocking proportions in Los Angeles. This recent NPR story, Hunger And Homelessness Are Widespread Among College Students, outlines the findings of Sara Goldrick-Rab, who introduced CCF to two inspirational young leaders who independently launched these organizations as compassionate students.

Rachel Sumekh started Swipe out Hunger at UCLA, creatively banking unused meal plan card balances to be allocated to students in need. She has rolled this model out to 37 campuses in 19 states! Rachel was recently named by Forbes one of the top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs. The total budget for her program is $200k.

Louis Tse started Students 4 Students while being homeless as a student at UCLA. Students for Students is a shelter for students, run entirely by student volunteers. They are the only homeless youth shelter in West LA and serve students studying at any college in LA. Check out this L.A. Times piece about Louis. He completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering while homeless, and now works at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The program’s total annual budget is $65k.

CCF created the Stop Student Homelessness and Hunger Fund to collect all gifts, insure that every dollar is matched and all funds go directly to strengthen the programs and organizations of Swipe Out Hunger and Students 4 Students.

Every dollar given will be generously matched and be distributed to two extraordinary emerging organizations: Swipe Out Hunger and Students 4 Students.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Stop Student Homelessness and Hunger Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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