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Student Food Insecurity

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to helping students who are facing food insecurity.  In addition to the programs outlined below, we encourage students to reach out individually if they are facing significant financial hardships or emergency situations.

Student hunger background information

Student hunger is not just someone eating Ramen noodles for dinner once in a while, it is a serious problem across college campuses and it is even a problem for students right here at Upstate Medical University.  Hunger makes it difficult to study, sleep or engage in academic and social activities.  In early 2018, Student Affairs surveyed the Upstate student body and learned that up to 20 percent of our students experienced food insecurity in the previous 12 months.

Food Security Resources for students

After having great success with our community food pantry partnership, we are now in the process of setting up our own food pantry on our campus.  This pantry will be open to any SUNY Upstate Medical University student who is experiencing food insecurity.  Due to COVID, our initial roll-out does not include in-person shopping/visits to the pantry and we only have a limited supply of food and personal items available.  We look forward to being able to offer a more robust in-person experience in the future.

Students who need support:

Ways to Help

  1. Donate to the Upstate Fights Student Hunger Fund at the Upstate Foundation. This money is used to pay for our food pantry partnership, our campus pantry program and our grocery store gift card program.
  2. Donate grocery store or gas gift cards for students in need via the Student Success/ Student Retention office. These cards are distributed to students who demonstrate a need even after all financial aid and grant options have been explored/ awarded.
  3. Donate items for our pantry. We accept non-perishable foods, toiletries, laundry detergent, paper towels/ toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

Contact us

The food insecurity program is managed by Sharon Huard, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Campus life and Steven Contreras, Director of Student Retention. Our office is located in room 130 of the Library. If you have questions or comments, please email the Student Success Center at: stuserve@upstate.edu or call us at 315-464-8855.