Jessica Beauchemin has a full plate, as she balances taking classes as a Nutrition major, managing a household as a wife and mother to two young children, and working part-time. But the SUNY Schenectady Food Pantry has eased the burden of her monthly food bill.
“It has definitely helped offset some of the costs I have,” said Jessica, who also works in the pantry. “This relieves a lot of my anxiety between paying for bills and medications for my son who is epileptic. Also, there are plenty of times I’m not able to go to the grocery store. It helps that I can use the food pantry here three times a month. It solves my dilemma.”
The Food Pantry has served 529 unique students since it opened in Elston Hall in 2017. Shelves are stocked with a variety of food items as well as personal care products.
Recently, the pantry received extra support from members of the Schenectady County Legislature, with Hon. Gary Hughes, Majority Leader and College Trustee, presenting a donation at a recent Board of Trustees Meeting; the Student Government Association, which held a turkey basket raffle and raised $186 for the pantry; and members of the College’s faculty and staff, who donated $2,000.
“On behalf of the entire Food Pantry Committee, we are so very grateful for the generous contributions from our SUNY Schenectady family and community partners,” said Robyn King, Counselor IV, who oversees the daily operation of the pantry. “We couldn't sustain what we’ve built without them.”
Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) present a check to Robyn King, Counselor IV. Left to right are: Kimberly Jones; Deryle McCann, Student Activities Advisor; Hannah Daignault; Nkeiru Ubadike, Student Trustee; Amber Stephens; Riaz Rao; James De La Fuente, SGA Vice President; Megan Marriott, SGA President; Robyn King; and Toni Conklin.
Hon. Gary Hughes, Schenectady County Legislative Majority Leader and College Trustee, and Hon. Dr. Peggy King, Schenectady County Legislator and College Trustee, present a check for the food pantry to Dr. Steady Moono, College President.