LOS ANGELES — Swipe Out Hunger, a leading nonprofit organization addressing student hunger, has joined with LG Electronics USA as part of an initiative to help provide healthy meals to more than 500,000 college students struggling with food insecurity, LG officials announced.
LG said it is working with Swipe Out Hunger to help raise awareness about student food insecurity, and to ensure that food pantries on campuses across the U.S. have refrigeration to store healthy foods.
“Research shows that one in three college students experiences food insecurity,” the company said. “Many students on- and off-campus rely upon their campus food pantries to provide much-needed resources throughout the school year. Swipe Out Hunger says 29 percent of its campus pantry partners do not have refrigeration. A third of them cited lack of funding as the reason there is no refrigeration on campus.”
LG Electronics said it is providing 120 refrigerator-freezers to 60 campuses in Swipe Out Hunger’s network. LG will stock the appliances with healthy and nutritious food for these campuses’ communities, while providing grants for an additional 40 colleges and universities to upgrade their current campus refrigerators, the company said. In total, the alliance will serve meals to 500,000 college students across the U.S., corporate officials added.