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Jessica Beauchemin, stocking shelves in the food pantry

As food insecurity has become even more heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic, the College’s Food Pantry has remained open to serve members of the College community. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated the need for food because of the financial ruin it has created for many people,” said Robyn King, Counselor IV, who oversees the Pantry. “We decided to keep the Pantry open to serve every member of the SUNY Schenectady family: students, faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, FSA employees, and Security.”

The Pantry is adhering to social distancing and disinfecting, and has scaled back hours. It is available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those coming to the Pantry are asked to bring their College ID with them. 

When visitors come to the Pantry, they see a caring and friendly face. Jessica Beauchemin, a Nutrition major, has been a Student Worker in the Pantry for almost a year. (She is shown in the photo above working in the Pantry last semester.) She works with Robyn King to ensure the Pantry continues to serve those who need it. “After I went shopping at three different stores and saw shelf after shelf completely barren, I decided that I had to go to work…,” Jessica shared. “If I was experiencing the lack of necessities, then others were experiencing it as well.”

The Food Pantry first opened on campus in February 2017 and has been a great success ever since, serving as a valuable resource for the College community. 

Tax deductible donations to sustain the Food Pantry are always accepted and greatly appreciated.