Bank For New York City’s dual-track Campus Pantry program helps bridge the meal
gap experienced by both ends of the student spectrum, enabling children and young adults to access emergency
food that can be used to make balanced, nutritious meals at home. Hunger doesn’t
discriminate, affecting students of all ages—from kindergarteners to college
students. Children from low-income families get two meals a day at school then
go home hungry, never sure if there will be enough to eat for dinner or over
the weekend. And many college students—an underserved segment of New Yorkers in
need—often find themselves cash-strapped and struggling to afford food. Now
both have a place to turn.
the beginning of the 2012 school year, Food Bank’s Campus Pantry program has served
more than 4,500 children and college students, providing more than 309,000 meals.
Some school pantries give out pantry bags filled with three to five days worth
of fresh and packaged food. Others use what is known as the “client choice”
model: pantries are designed like a grocery store, which allows children and
young adults to select their own healthy food, including fresh produce.
Food Bank’s Campus Pantry program is currently available at two CUNY campuses,
Kingsborough Community College and Hostos Community College, and at nine public
elementary schools throughout the city.
information about Campus Pantry, call 212-566-7855 ext. 8044.