SUNY Erie Community College (SUNY Erie) and FeedMore WNY (formerly the Food
Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels for WNY) have announced the opening of a food
pantry location at SUNY Erie’s City Campus located at 121 Ellicott Street in
Buffalo. SUNY Erie is the first college in the region to partner with FeedMore WNY
for an on-campus food pantry through its School Pantry Program. FeedMore WNY’s
School Pantry Program also serves students and their families through pantries
at five area high schools.
The goal of the campus pantries is to provide widespread and
immediate access to food for students who may be struggling to feed themselves
and their families.
“Hunger insecurity has been a growing problem at Colleges
across the country in recent years,” said Dr. Dan Hocoy, President of SUNY
Erie. “As students struggle with the costs of paying their monthly bills in
addition to a college education, they often choose to sacrifice their
nutritional needs to make ends meet. Opening food pantries on our campuses is
another avenue we are using to support our students in their efforts to achieve
a college degree.”
FeedMore WNY’s outreach to the educational community is a
logical step to ensuring to that individuals and families facing hunger issues in
Western New York have another avenue for support.
“It is a heartbreaking reality that so many college students
in our community and across our nation struggle with hunger. We believe that
access to healthy food should never be a barrier to receiving an education, and
we are pleased to partner with SUNY Erie to launch our first on-campus college
pantry through our School Pantry Program,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of
FeedMore WNY, said. “We hope that this pantry is the beginning of many more
similar partnerships for FeedMore WNY as our community works together to solve
the crisis of hunger on college campuses and feed our hungry neighbors of all
On-site pantry staff will take students through an intake
process to determine household size and the ages of all individuals living in
the home. Students will then “shop” in the pantry to ensure they are provided
with adequate food to sustain their household. The SUNY Erie Pantries are
coordinated through the SUNY Erie One Stop Career Centers.
This collaboration was born from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s
mandate to provide stigma-free access to food on SUNY campuses, as well as the
SUNY-wide initiative to address hunger insecurity among college students.
The City Campus pantry is currently stocked with
non-perishable items like grains and proteins in addition to baby food.
Perishable items including fruits and vegetables will be introduced in the next
The City Campus food pantry, which is located in Room 145 in
the Old Post Office Building, will be open on Mondays from 12-4pm and Thursdays
from 9am-1:30pm. Additional pantries will open at SUNY Erie’s North and South
Campuses in the next few months. The pantries are open to members of the community
in addition to SUNY Erie students.