The College celebrated the opening of the new Student Food Pantry in partnership with the Single Stop office and the Food Bank for New York City on March 15. A special ceremony was held in the Atrium. Charles H. Pryor, II, Dean of Student Engagement, welcomed attendees and stressed the importance of having a food pantry on campus to alleviate food insecurity among students. Scott E. Evenbeck, President, and Joan M. Lucariello, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, emphasized how the food pantry is another example of the College’s commitment to students. Kednel Jean, Single Stop Specialist, added that having a pantry on campus can ensure students remain in school and alleviate hunger, one barrier to learning and success.
The event honored Nicola Blake, Assistant Professor, English, Nicole Saint-Louis, Assistant Professor, Human Services, and Carolee Ramsay, Associate Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards for their commitment and creative vision to establish a resource for students with food insecurities. First-year students Suzanne Herrera and Nicole Gutierrez also shared their beneficial experiences working with the Single Stop office to seek nutritional support and other assistance. The event concluded with an official ribbon cutting in front of the food pantry on the College’s lower level followed by a reception in the Atrium.