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Swipe Out Hunger Program

Swipe Out Hunger is a program designed to provide support to Bentley students who are experiencing food insecurity and educate our campus community about food insecurity.

This program was designed using best practices provided by Swipe Out Hunger, a national non-profit that supports colleges in developing programs to meet the needs of food insecure students. To find out more about the organization, please visit

The Swipe out hunger program application is active from the second week of the semester until the end of finals week each semester.

Request a Meal Swipe Faculty or Staff Falcon Fund Donations Undergraduate Meal Plan DonationsGraduate and Undergraduate Falcon Fund Donations

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements to receive a donated meal swipe?

Any Bentley student experiencing food insecurity is eligible for this program.

How does a student apply for donated meal swipes?

Students can request meal swipes by completing this simple form.

How does the student receive a requested meal swipe? 

Within two business days of the request submission, the Swipe Out Hunger Committee reviews the request. If the request is approved, the requested number of meal swipes will be added to the student's Bentley ID. They will receive an email from Swipe Out Hunger Committee letting them know their meal swipes are available to use.

If the request is not awarded, the student will be notified via an email from the Swipe Out Hunger Committee of that determination.

What happens after a student submits a request to receive donated meal swipe?

Once the student completes the meal swipe request form, the meal swipe request is reviewed and awarded as determined by the Bentley Swipe Out Hunger Committee. The committee is comprised of Bentley staff members who work in various student-facing departments within Bentley University. All requests are confidential.

How often can a student request a meal swipe?

Students can request meal swipes as often as they need, up to 25 meal swipes per semester.

Where can the meal swipes be used on campus?

A meal swipe can be used in The 921. The 921 is an all-you-can-eat-experience with a wide variety of healthy foods. The 921 is open and available to all students and is located in the Student Center.

What are the resources for students to address need when the University is closed?

Unfortunately Bentley does not have the resources to support students with meals during the break periods when the university is closed because Bentley Dining is not operating during that time.

However, we have created this resource guide which describe other resources available to members of the Waltham Community.

The City of Waltham lists local resources to address this need on their website here.

How does the meal swipe donation program work?

Meal swipes and Falcon Funds, which are turned into meal swipes, are donated by Bentley students, faculty and staff by completing an online form. Students with meal plans can donate up to five meal swipes per semester. Donations can be made by students here. Faculty and staff can donate here. Graduate students and undergraduates without meal plans can donate here.

How many meal swipes can an undergraduate student with a meal plan donate? How can they donate?

Students can donate up to 5 meal swipes per semester. Donations can be made by undergraduate students with meal plans here.

How can a graduate student donate to this program? 

Students can donate Falcon Funds to help support the program. Donations can be made by graduate students here.

How can an undergraduate student without a meal plan donate to this program?

Students can donate Falcon Funds to help support the program. Donations can be made by undergraduate students here.

How do I add funds to my Falcon Funds?

If you would like to add Falcon Funds to your account so you have funds to donate, click here.

What can I do if I work at Bentley and I know of a student that is in need but not willing to reach out for support?

Please email and we will contact you confidentially.

Have additional questions?