Hunger doesn’t just happen in far away countries. It’s on college campuses, too, including in New York State.
The Food Research and Action Center ranked New York State among the top 20 states with the most severe food hardship in 2014. In August, Inside Higher Ed reported that a national study by the Urban Institute found that “13 percent of students at community colleges experienced food insecurity in 2015.”
SUNY Broome students are stepping up to end campus hunger by donating to the Food for Thought pantry. The pantry is run by the Student Assembly, and clubs and departments throughout campus typically raise funds and collect donations throughout the year.
“Our campus community is deeply proud of our Student Assembly for taking on such an important task: Helping fellow students in need,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “The project is a prime example of service learning, which comes natural to so many of our students.”
Students seeking help from the pantry must fill out an application through Student Assembly. Those in need may receive up to two food bags every month, full of food and/or hygiene products.
Tiffanie is a Social Media Assistant Intern at SUNY System Administration. She is a senior at SUNY Albany double-majoring in Psychology and Communications.