1 February 2017

New Food Pantry On Campus For Students

SUNY SCCC now has a food pantry, with a variety of non-perishable foods, for students in need. The pantry, located across from the President’s Office in Elston Hall, opened on Wednesday, February 1, and is staffed by SUNY SCCC faculty and staff. It’s open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 1 p.m. when classes are in session.

Students who present their student ID card can receive food twice a month with the goal of the food they receive lasting a week. Students will also receive information on locations where, if needed, they can receive additional food sources and daily hot meals.

The new food pantry was created through the Student Success Initiative Sub-Committee, which is comprised of SUNY SCCC faculty and staff members and is part of the Achieving the Dream program on campus. Robyn King, Counselor IV, is a member of the committee, who has worked to bring the pantry to fruition. She said that the impact on students will be profound. “We hope to partially meet the food insecurity needs that some of our students have so that they can focus more on their studies and not worry about being hungry,” she said.

Alicia Richardson, Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, is a member of the committee and has been informing the College community about the significance of the new pantry. “We know as professors in the classroom that some of our students are hungry,” she said. “This is an opportunity to help them and to refer them to much larger food pantries to help them feed an entire family if need be.”

Anyone can make a donation.

Food pantry needs are:

  • Long-life boxed milk (needing no refrigeration)

  • Unsugared dry cereal

  • Cereal bars

  • Granola bars or protein bars

  • Dry pasta and sauce

  • Stew and biscuit mix

  • Chili and cornbread mix

  • Nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.)

  • Jelly/Preserves

  • Pudding cups or Jello cups (needing no refrigeration)

  • Fruit cups (needing no refrigeration) or dried fruit

  • Soup (canned and dry mixes) and soup crackers

  • Instant potatoes

  • Instant coffee or tea

  • Canned beans (red or black)

  • Dry rice (1 lb. bags preferred)

  • Canned veggies

  • Canned tuna/chicken

  • Plastic cutlery

  • Paper and/or plastic grocery bags

Donations can be made to Robyn King in the Student Affairs Division, Elston Hall 222. (Donors are asked to please check expiration dates on donations before bringing them in.)

Pictured left to right are members of the committee: Eileen Abrahams, Associate Professor; Tiombe Farley, Academic TRIO Specialist; Dr. Syeda Munaim, Professor; Alicia Richardson, Associate Professor; and Robyn King, Counselor IV. Richard Lasek, Assistant Professor, is also a member of the committee but was teaching at the time of the photo.