Cuomo proposes food pantries at SUNY and CUNY schools

January 04, 2018 07:22 AM

Should all SUNY and CUNY colleges open up food pantries on campus? Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes so.

He is pushing a plan to make sure college students do not go hungry because some are choosing books and tuition over food.

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Gov. Cuomo detailed the proposal in his 15th State of The State address. It is part of a bigger plan to combat student hunger at every age.

The governor wants to require all state schools to either build food pantries on campus or make sure students can get food through other ways that are stigma-free.

Gov. Cuomo wants the state to spend $1 million to make it happen. He said back in 2009, there were less than 10 campus food pantries at colleges nationwide. Now there are more than 570 but only about half of New York state schools have them in place.

The SUNY Student Assembly says it strongly supports this idea. SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson is also praising this proposal because it falls in line with the overall mission of their new Food Insecurity Task Force.


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