Rachel Sumekh

Rachel Sumekh

Founder & CEO


Swipe Out Hunger

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. Since, it has grown onto over 62 universities, serving 1.6 million nourishing dining hall meals. Their innovative approach allows university students to donate the unused funds from their meal plans to food insecure peers. Earlier this year the organization was called upon to author a piece of legislation to address college student hunger. The state of California adopted the legislation and has since put $20+ Million dollars behind it.  Before launching Swipe Out Hunger full time in 2014, Rachel followed her millennial urge to change the world and served those facing poverty as a case manager in Chicago through Avodah. Rachel serves on the board of her synagogue community, IKAR, and is a proud graduate of UCLA. She credits her upbringing as the child of Iranian Jewish immigrants for her intersectional perspective. 

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