#292: Giving Back: The SBU Food Pantry Staff

Did you know that Stony Brook is home to a Food Pantry? Its purpose is to provide food items for food-insecure students, faculty and staff on Stony Brook’s campus. According to the USDA, food insecurity is defined as a “lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for [people] or limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.” In April 2013, of 156 Stony Brook students surveyed, 67% of those said they knew someone who experienced food insecurity at Stony Brook University. To do something about this, the Stony Brook Food Pantry was born, open to anyone with a Stony Brook student ID. Students, faculty and staff can walk in, fill out a simple intake form and receive a bag of food! The Pantry is located in Gray College in the ITS Center in Room A09

Beth McGuire, Quad Director of Roth and co-founder of the SBU Food Pantry wanted to express her thanks and appreciation for the AWESOME volunteer staff at the SBU Food Pantry! She says, “without them our doors would not be open.  Their commitment and hard work to ending food insecurity on our campus is quite simply awe inspiring.  I count myself lucky to work with a group of students who make me want to be a better person each and every day!  Much love to each and every one of them!!!

Photo by Lauriann Kormylo, the Green Gazette 

Sources:
http://www.cityharvest.org/hunger-in-nyc/food-insecurity
Food Pantry presentation: Casey McGloin, MPH, School of Health Technology & Management
and Program in Public Health

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