NEW YORK – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to have all SUNY and CUNY campuses to have on-campus food pantries by the end of the fall semester.
Cuomo announced that all New York State public colleges will have a food pantry or stigma-free food access for students in need by the end of the fall semester. This will make New York the first state to have a program to combat student hunger. Cuomo said hunger should never be a barrier for those seeking to achieve their dreams of a higher education.
Cuomo announced a five-point plan to combat hunger for students. The plan seeks to provide meals to children in New York who do not have access to the nutrition they need. As part of that plan, the Governor tasked SUNY and CUNY with the establishment of food pantries on campus.
SUNY created a Food Insecurity Task Force, to study habits on college campuses and recommend the necessary changes and best practices to change these habits.The task force’s efforts have helped establish and grow programs on SUNY campuses, including food trucks, crop sharing, and a campus grocery store, Cuomo reported.
The Healthy CUNY program employs a multiple approaches to address food issues on CUNY campuses. There are 18 food pantries or food vouchers available at CUNY campuses.