Food Insecurities

Swipe It Forward! (Students needing a meal)

Dining Services has introduced a program for students to share meals to help students access food on campus who have limited resources. Thank you for your support!

Swipe It Forward is a combined initiative from Dining Services, TCU Senate, and FIRST to provide a platform for students to donate their meal swipes to other students in order to alleviate ongoing food insecurity on campus. Our mission is to provide a confidential and efficient way for students who may be having difficulty finding their next meal receive the help they deserve.

We trust all Jumbos to be mindful when using the meal bank and save meals for students who could really use it. However, if you are running low on meals, please take advantage of this resource.

Donate Meals

- Students with Premium Plans may donate one meal per semester.
- Students with other meal plans may donate up to four meals per semester.
- These meals will be part of a semester meal bank that other students can access.

Access Meals

- Students with demonstrated need who need meals should access the meal bank.
- Students may request up to 10 meals per semester. Students who feel they need additional support should be in touch with their financial aid counselor.
- Meals will typically be added to your card within 48 business hours. (
Requests made after noon on Friday and during the weekend will be processed on Monday.)
- Students will only be able to access the meals that they requested from the meal bank once their existing meal plan is finished.
- Students can only use one meal per meal period.
- Students with a Premium Meal Plan are not eligible to access meals from the meal bank.

Number of meals available in the meal bank:  300

Meals during breaks (Students with a current meal plan who register to stay on campus)

Students with Financial Aid and receiving the Pell Grant (international students on financial aid can email their financial aid counselor to determine eligibility) who need to stay on campus during breaks are eligible for funding for meals.  Students must register.

Thanksgiving Break 2018
Dining Centers close after dinner on November 21 and will reopen for dinner on the 25. Eligible students will receive $66 in Meal Money that can be used with local vendors.

Winter Break 2018/2019
Dining Centers close after lunch on December 21 and will reopen for breakfast on January 16. Eligible students who register to stay on campus during Winter Break will have access to Dewick weekdays between January 2 - 4, 7 – 11, and 14 - 15 for breakfast and lunch meals only. (Registration for access to Dewick will begin on December 14.)

Spring Break 2019 (Pell Grant Recipients and/or student with an annual family contribution of under $7,000)
Dining Centers close after dinner on Friday, March 15 and will reopen for dinner on Sunday, March 24.

Free Lunch or Coffee (All Tufts Students)

Our team meets with students daily and welcomes the chance to do so over coffee at Tower Cafe. We are also happy to join you for a lunch meal in Dewick, Carm, the Kosher Deli, the Marketplace, or Hotung. Feel free to book a meeting with us and just be sure to block two consecutive half-hour appointments and note where you want to meet.


Please note: The Financial Resources outlined here are available to undergraduate students only.

Try the "FREE FOOD" raft on Raftr!


Looking for other opportunities to help alleviate food insecurity on campus, or to access resources? Download Raftr (Apple or Android), create a "college" account with your Tufts email address, and join our "FREE FOOD" raft! Post about free food at an event or program, or learn about free food across campus in real time!