Students

Supporting Food Assistance Programs at Pace

By
Alyssa Cressotti
Posted
November 30, 2022
prepared food on a table

Across the country, nearly 40 percent of college students report going hungry, and 52 percent have utilized food pantry services at some point. At Pace, we’re working hard to help offset food insecurity on our campuses and we need your help to do it!

Whether you’re staff or faculty or a student at Pace, your support is critical to ensuring that our classmates, colleagues, and friends stay well-fed and don’t have to make the choice between tuition/rent/gas/utilities/heath care and going hungry.

Here’s how YOU can help:

New York City Campus

Donate to Provisions

Provisions, a Bhandari Jain Family Food Pantry, is open to all students, staff, and faculty, regardless of full-time/part-time status. Any member of our community that is experiencing food insecurity is welcome at Provisions during open hours. All guests will receive a one-week disbursement of non-perishable foods—and based on availability, fresh produce. See the list of most-wanted donatable items and how to donate them. Can’t donate food? Donate your time. Provisions always needs help shopping, bagging, stocking shelves, and identifying expiring foods.

Donate to Fare Trade

Fare Trade is a student-run mutual aid program designed to alleviate food insecurity on Pace’s NYC Campus. The program partners with Provisions, Chartwells, and Auxiliary Services to provide funds to food-insecure students. Students are encouraged to reallocate their dining dollars to the mutual aid fund by requesting a "Fare Trade" at the cash registers in the cafeteria. 1 Fare Trade is fifty cents and up to ten reallocations ($5.00) can be accepted per purchase. Learn more about how Fare Trade works and how you can donate. Looking for resources outside of Pace? The Fare Trade team has put together a list of city resources you may be eligible for if you are food insecure.

Donate to the Community Fridge

Chartwells, Pace’s food service provider, has placed a community refrigerator inside the Setters Lounge for donation and use by the Pace Community. Though it’s restocked regularly with items from the cafe, a little extra help from the community is always appreciated. If you’re planning to leave food for the community, be sure to label your items with dates, contents, and allergy warnings. We encourage you to leave fresh fruits and vegetables, pre-packaged sealed and unopened food; and dairy, bread, and eggs with clear expiration dates. Please, no leftovers, no homemade meals, no unsealed pre-packaged food, no expired food.

Westchester Campus

Donate to the Mobile Food Pantry

The Pleasantville Campus’ Mobile Food Pantry has been feeding the Westchester community since 2018. The pantry itself is the product of an award-winning partnership with the nonprofit Feeding Westchester. Feeding Westchester covers food costs, and Pace staff and students volunteer their time to ensure that the 100 or so people who utilize the pantry once a month can have access to nutritious food. While the Mobile Food Pantry is not accepting food donations right now (they have partnerships with local grocery stores), they do need donations of time—reach out to Wen Xi for information about how to volunteer.

Donate to the Community Fridge

Chartwells, Pace’s food service provider, has placed a community refrigerator right inside the main dining hall for donation and use by the Pace Community. Though it’s restocked regularly with items from the cafe, a little extra help from the community is always appreciated. If you’re planning to leave food for the community, be sure to label your items with dates, contents, and allergy warnings. We encourage you to leave fresh fruits and vegetables, pre-packaged sealed and unopened food; and dairy, bread, and eggs with clear expiration dates. Please, no leftovers, no homemade meals, no unsealed pre-packaged food, no expired food.

For more information about how to help or how to get help, contact Denise Belen Santiago, PhD, on the NYC Campus at dsantiago@pace.edu or Wen Xi on the Westchester Campus at wxi@pace.edu.

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