Expanded food pantry opens at SUNY Old Westbury

Students can fill a grocery bag with no questions asked.

Apr 19, 2023, 9:20 PM

Updated 362 days ago


SUNY Old Westbury is taking a major step in fighting food insecurity on campus.
The Long Island school is opening an expanded food pantry inside the campus center full of canned goods, frozen foods and fresh fruits. All items are free for the estimated 4,000 students it will serve this year.
"This is food that they need and most importantly, they need in order to stay focused on their studies, which for us is the primary reason for doing this," says SUNY Old Westbury President Timothy Sams.
The college received a $7,500 donation from Stop & Shop to fill its pantry. Students can come and fill a grocery bag with no questions asked.
"It's very discreet," says Student Government Association President Kimberly Cox. "There's no putting your name down on anything like that."
Students like sophomore Olivia Rodney say the food pantry means "one less stress" that they have to worry about.
Food pantries are up and running at all five SUNY schools on Long Island. Other colleges that have pantries include St. Joseph's University, Long Island University, New York Tech and Suffolk Community College.

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