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Press Release: Pace University Receives Feeding Westchester’s Innovative Program Award for Mobile Food Pantry

10/04/2019

Press Release: Pace University Receives Feeding Westchester’s Innovative Program Award for Mobile Food Pantry

Pace is first to establish Mobile Food Pantry on college campus in Westchester

Ericka Schmid, Coordinator, Student Affairs Pace University accepts award on behalf of Pace.

Pace University was honored by Feeding Westchester for being the first to establish a Feeding Westchester Mobile Food Pantry on a college campus in Westchester.

On September 19th Pace University received the “Innovative Program Award” at Feeding Westchester’s annual agency conference. The award honored Pace for being Feeding Westchester’s first successful mobile food pantry on a college campus in Westchester County. In its quest to address food insecurity issues, Pace offers additional and affordable nutrition to students, faculty, staff, and community members through the food pantry. Since the pantry opened on campus last year, there has been a steady increase in attendance with the most recent event attracting more than 200 participants. The award also recognized Pace for its innovation by creating a stigma-free environment with the university’s radio station WPAW, composting over-ripe produce at the campus’ nature center and using additional fruit at Pace Fit, the university’s smoothie shop.

About Pace University
Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @PaceUnews or on our website: https://www.pace.edu/news

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"News 12" featured Pace University in "5K event in Pleasantville raises funds, awareness to fight hunger"

09/23/2019

"News 12" featured Pace University in "5K event in Pleasantville raises funds, awareness to fight hunger"

Residents headed to Pleasantville for the third annual Miles for Meals 5K Walk and Run Sunday.

The event is hosted by Feeding Westchester, the county's largest nonprofit hunger relief organization.

Organizers say this event raises awareness that 1 in 5 people in Westchester County are in need of food.

The 5K raises thousands of dollars each year for hungry families in the area.

Pumpkin painting, face painting and mini golfing were also activities on site.

Those who couldn't make it out to the event can still donate online as a virtual walker.

Organizers say $1 is equal to four meals for families in the region.

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"Inside Chappaqua" featured Pace University in "Feeding Westchester Celebrates 30th Anniversary & Launches Mobile Food Pantry in Partnership with Pace University This Fall"

12/12/2018

"Inside Chappaqua" featured Pace University in "Feeding Westchester Celebrates 30th Anniversary & Launches Mobile Food Pantry in Partnership with Pace University This Fall"

It’s been a busy fall for Elmsford-based nonprofit Feeding Westchester (formerly known as the Food Bank for Westchester). The non-profit just celebrated 30 years with their fundraiser “An Evening in Good Taste” this past October. The event featured cocktails and cuisine from more than 30 Westchester-based chefs including local favorite Beau Widener, the Executive Chef at Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant & Inn.

This fall also saw the introduction of a new Mobile Food Pantry in partnership with Pace University. Pace President Marvin Krislov attended the first mobile food pantry event on September 27 and spoke with student volunteers who participated by passing out produce to students and local residents.

Noelani Rivera, a first-year student at Pace said, “It was a really great experience to be able to help others, especially people so closely tied to our community.”

Tyler Kalahar, program coordinator at Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, said the new mobile food pantry was in keeping with Pace University’s position as a leader in economic mobility in higher education. “Addressing hunger with the mobile food pantry program is simply another way to give students, particularly our first generation and students from low-income families, the resources they need to succeed in college,” Kalahar explained.

The mobile pantry visited the Pace campus on Halloween and November 27th. The next visit is scheduled for December 13th from 12:30-2:30pm. The program hopes to provide nourishing, stigma-free food in a location that is accessible to both students and the wider Westchester community.

The mobile food pantry visited the Pace campus on Halloween and November 27th. The next visit is scheduled for December 13th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The program hope to provide nourishing, stigma-free food in a location that is accessible to both students and the wider Westchester community.

The mobile food pantry is located at Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, entrance 3, North Hall parking lot.

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"Fios1" featured Pace University in "Feeding Westchester brings Mobile Food Pantry to Pace Univ."

11/01/2018

"Fios1" featured Pace University in "Feeding Westchester brings Mobile Food Pantry to Pace Univ."

Feeding Westchester brought its mobile food pantry to Pace University where students and faculty were given access to donated food as well helped those in the community get access to what they need.

The mobile food pantry holds 15 thousand pounds of food and parks at Pace University once a month.
“It’s a no judgment zone; students come and get free food because college life is hard. Have to eat on a budget,” says Alyssa Johnson, a volunteer.

Over 40 percent of college students reports they are food insecure so Pace Univ. collaborated with Feeding Westchester to get access to this mobile pantry in an effort to help alleviate hunger in college communities.

“I think the most surprising thing is there are a lot of kids coming to school and you think they’re doing the best for themselves trying to better their own lives, yet a lot of these kids are struggling in silence and going to their classes hungry. It’s a very unfortunate situation,” says Kristina Magana, a representative of Feeding Westchester.

Pace Univ. 85 students receive food last month and the same 20 volunteers were back this month to lend a hand again.

“I have a class right now that I have to go to but I would rather be here and know that I’m making a difference for certain people,” says Johnson.

Peter Pozo operates the mobile food truck.

“It’s a refrigerator on wheels that sustains the community and supports the community with their needs,” says Pozo.

Pozo is known in the community as a “hunger hero” who fights the cause on wheels.

“I love what I do. It’s something that helps the community,” says Pozo.

The Mobile Food Pantry makes several stops on a daily basis in the Westchester community.

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"Westchester Rising" featured Pace University in "Pace & Feeding Westchester Launch a Mobile Food Pantry"

10/31/2018

"Westchester Rising" featured Pace University in "Pace & Feeding Westchester Launch a Mobile Food Pantry"

Pace University has launched a mobile good pantry through a partnership with Feeding Westchester. Pace President Marvin Krislov attended the first mobile food pantry event Sept. 27 and spoke with student volunteers who participated by passing out produce to students and local residents.

“It was a really great experience to be able to help others, especially people so closely tied to our community,” said Noelani Rivera, a first-year student at Pace.

Tyler Kalahar, program coordinator at Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, said the new mobile food pantry is in keeping with Pace University’s position as a leader in economic mobility in higher education.

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"Patch" featured Pace University in "Pace U., Feeding Westchester Launch Mobile Food Pantry"

10/24/2018

"Patch" featured Pace University in "Pace U., Feeding Westchester Launch Mobile Food Pantry"

Pace University has launched a Mobile Food Pantry through a partnership with Feeding Westchester.

Pace President Marvin Krislov attended the first mobile food pantry event on September 27 and spoke with student volunteers who participated by passing out produce to students and local residents.

Noelani Rivera, a first-year student at Pace said, "It was a really great experience to be able to help others, especially people so closely tied to our community."

Tyler Kalahar, program coordinator at Pace's Center for Community Action and Research in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, said the new mobile food pantry was in keeping with Pace University's position as a leader in economic mobility in higher education.

"Addressing hunger with the mobile food pantry program is simply another way to give students, particularly our first generation and students from low-income families, the resources they need to succeed in college."

The mobile food pantry schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, 10/31: 12:30-2:30pm
  • Tuesday, 11/27: 4:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday, 12/13: 12:30-2:30pm

The mobile food pantry is open to students and the community. It is located at Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, entrance 3, North Hall parking lot.

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