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30 Days of Giving 2019, Day 7: Combatting Food Insecurity at Herkimer County CC

Food pantry shelf at The General's Cupboard at Herkimer County Community College.

According to a recent survey, about 48% of students in two-year institutions across the United States experienced food insecurity within the last 30 days. To ensure all students have adequate access to nutrition, Herkimer County Community College opened the doors to The General’s Cupboard. This on-campus resource provides free canned and packaged food and other non-perishable items, as well as personal care items, to currently enrolled Herkimer College students – no questions asked.

The Cupboard has seen tremendous success since it launched on September 5th and has already served 220 students and given away 4,669 items. The program runs on donations and is partnered with the Food Bank of CNY, Walmart Distribution Center in Marcy, the Compassion Coalition, the Little Falls Knitting Group (which donates handmade winter wear), American Dining Creations, and the Herkimer County Community College Foundation, Inc.


Across SUNY, students, faculty and administration alike are coming together to in the spirit of charity and togetherness. 30 Days of Giving is our annual tradition, which starts on Thanksgiving every year, where we reflect on efforts of the past year and highlight some of the selfless acts of that members of the SUNY community are leading. Stay tuned for more.

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Written by Taryn Rackmyer

Taryn Rackmyer is a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, now attending the University at Albany for Public Policy. Taryn is a student assistant for SUNY's Government Relations & Marketing Department.

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