Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger
Rachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is a leading force in addressing hunger amongst college students. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times and landed her on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Swipe Out Hunger began in 2010 with a few college friends at UCLA hoping to make a positive impact. Since its inception the program has grown to more than 80 universities, serving 1.7 million meals. Their innovative approach allows university students to donate unused funds from their meal plans to food-insecure peers. In 2017, the organization was called upon to author a piece of legislation to address college student hunger. The state of California adopted the legislation and put a total of $20 million to support it. This same legislation has been replicated in New Jersey in 2019. Before launching Swipe Out Hunger full time, Rachel followed her millennial urge to change the world and served those facing poverty as a case manager in Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys advising early-stage social entrepreneurs, engaging in LA civic life, and jogging around Echo Park Lake. Rachel serves on the board of IKAR. She is a proud graduate of UCLA and says she is challenging the status quo of what it means to be a Typical Persian Girl.