Rachel Sumekh

Founder & CEO • Swipe Out Hunger


Rachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is a leading force in addressing hunger amongst college student. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times and landed her on the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.. 

Swipe Out Hunger began with a few friends at UCLA and has since scaled onto 30 universities, serving 1.3 million meals. The program is innovative in that it allows college students to donate their unused meal points to their food insecure peers. In May 2017 Governor Brown signed a multi-million dollar bill that will take Swipe Out Hunger onto every college and university in the state.

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, the LA native enjoys advising mid-stage social entrepreneurs, engaging in LA civic life and jogging around Echo Park Lake. A member of CSQ's NextGen10 list, LA Weekly named her on their 2017 People of LA list. She says she is challenging the status quo of what it means to be a Typical Persian Girl.