Food 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; it affects 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.
Since the beginning of the 2012 school year, Food Bank’s Campus Pantry program has served over
10,000 children and college students, providing over 1 million 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 nearly 30 public elementary schools
throughout the city. For more information about Campus Pantry, please contact Zach Williams (colleges) or Zac Hall (elementary schools).