Swipe It Forward Queen's

What is food insecurity?  

“The inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so.” - Health Canada  

Swipe It Forward Queen’s 

Swipe It Forward Queen’s (SIFQ) is an initiative to help address food insecurity on campus and provide short-term, immediate support to students in need. Short term can be defined as up to 6 to 8 weeks.  

SIFQ collaborates with campus partners to best support those in need holistically. Recognizing that food insecurity is a multifaceted issue impacted by the social determinants of health, our referring partners work together to better understand the disruptions to food access, the cycle of food insecurity, their link to chronic conditions, and the ripple effect that the stress of hunger causes.

The goals of SIFQ are to reduce the stigma around food insecurity on campus and provide dignified resources to those in need.

How SIFQ works 

Meal plan holders may be off-campus for a weekend, on holidays, or choose to dine off-campus and may not use their full weekly allotment of meals. SIFQ allows the option to donate one meal per day, up to five per semester, to a student in need by simply asking a cashier to Swipe it Forward.  

*Meal donations must be from the plan holder’s current weekly allotment, not past or future week meals.  

How can you access the program?  

Contact one of the SIFQ program partners listed below for a referral to the program. Within 1-3 business days, SIF dining hall meals are loaded onto your student card for confidential use at dining halls on campus. Dining hall meals are not available to-go, and meals loaded are not available to be redeemed from retail locations. 

Individual circumstances determine the meal allocations, with a maximum allotment of 25 meals per term per student. SIF meal plans expire at the end of the academic year. All meals are non-transferable and are only accessible by the student cardholder. Guest vouchers are not included in this program. 

To verify meals have been loaded onto your student card:  

Accessing SIFQ During the Summer  

A smaller-scale extension of the SIFQ program operates throughout the summer months due to reduced food service operations running only Monday - Friday on campus. A referral to the program provides a maximum of $90 in Flex $ instead of meals. Flex $ works like cash, and taxes will apply to each purchase.

 

Food Allergies or Dietary Needs? 

If you have food allergies, follow a diet related to religious or cultural observances, or have other dietary needs, book a one-on-one confidential appointment with our Registered Dietitian to discuss summer options on campus. You do not need to disclose any affiliation with this program.

GOOD TO GO

If you are part of the SIF program, you automatically enroll in the GOOD TO GO reusable container initiative. To save the $0.75 single-use container fee at participating retail locations, pick up your green carabiner in the main Hospitality Services office in Victoria Hall, Room E022.

Referring Partners

Contact swipeitforwardqueens@queensu.ca with any questions about the program. 

If you are already on a meal plan, you are not eligible to be referred to the SIFQ program. Please visit our campus partners for additionally support:

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