NY Gov Calls For Mandatory Food Pantries On Every Campus


From Campus Reform:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is campaigning to reform higher education in his state by pushing for mandatory “food pantries on all SUNY and CUNY campuses.”

In his annual State of the State report, the governor proposed requiring “all [State University of New York] and [City University of New York] schools to either provide physical food pantries on campus, or enable students to receive food through a separate arrangement that is stigma-free.”

“The Governor proposes a $1 million state investment for schools to implement the program,” the report explains, later noting that “only about half of all SUNY and CUNY campuses have food pantries currently in place.

“If a campus offers students access to quality, affordable food options through an arrangement with an outside food bank, delivery and distribution must be included,” the document continues. “New York State would be the first state to require every public campus to have a food pantry.”

According to CNN, the push for food pantries is part of Cuomo’s Comprehensive No Student Goes Hungry Program, which pledges to “combat hunger for students in kindergarten through college.”

Alongside the food pantry proposal, Cuomo will also launch the second phase of a free-tuition initiative that targets middle-class students who attend public colleges and universities in the state.

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