UWP Student Creates Program to Raise Thousands to Feed the Hungry


During one of her Business Writing courses two years ago, UWP Lecturer Lisa Sperber assigned a community-based proposal assignment for which students were required to propose a solution for a situation they deemed problematic.

Evan Shum was a student in Sperber’s Business Writing class that term, and he came into the course with an idea for a project that would help fight student hunger in the Davis community. Throughout the term, Shum learned the genres necessary to start developing his plan, and after completing the course, Shum pursued the project. Despite being turned down several times by various organizations, he finally saw his Business Writing project come to fruition.

Today, Shum’s program leverages an underutilized pool of meal swipes to help finance The Pantry, a campus food bank dedicated to supporting underprivileged students. Through the program, UC Davis students have the opportunity to donate to The Pantry as well as Aggie Meal Share, a newly established swipe exchange program set up through the financial aid office.

Students’ next opportunity to donate their unused swipes will be at the end of the Spring Quarter. For more information and to donate, students should visit the Swipe Out Hunger website: