Pictured are: Robyn King (SUNY Schenectady), Ashley Comstock and Jill Knapp (MVP Health Care), Alicia Richardson and Syeda Munaim (SUNY Schenectady), Mike Lawrence (MVP), Kim Otis (SUNY Schenectady), and Sandra Morton, Tracy Hendrickson, and Andi Pratt (MVP) with some of the food and household/personal care items donated by MVP employees.
The College’s food pantry, on the second floor of Elston Hall, gained a big boost recently through a generous grant from The Schenectady Foundation and a substantial donation of items from MVP Health Care.
The $9,500 grant by The Schenectady Foundation will help to expand the capacity of the pantry, which has served 230 unique students since it opened on campus in February 2017. The grant will be used to improve the efficiency of storage and shelving, and increase the amount of food, household items, and personal care items available.
“Food insecurity shouldn't be a barrier to student success," said Dr. Steady Moono, President of SUNY Schenectady. “By providing us with this valuable grant, the Schenectady Foundation will allow us to expand what we offer in our food pantry even more, as we continue to empower our students to achieve their goals.”
A group of energetic MVP Health Care employees delivered more than 102 items to the pantry last week through MVP’s Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program. They even stocked the shelves of the pantry while they were on campus. The items were purchased with $1,450 donated by MVP employees. The group also presented an additional donation of $345 to the College.
“On behalf of the SUNY Schenectady Food Pantry Committee, we wish to express our profound gratitude for the generous donations from our community partners at MVP Health Care,” said Counselor IV Robyn King, who handles the daily operation of the pantry. “We are immensely grateful for their support and compassion for helping us meet our students’ needs.”
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