Sub Committees

Food Insecurity Task Force Sub-Committees


Student Life Committee

Develop and confirm three priorities taking into consideration the whole student and how their success influences NYS communities as alumni of SUNY. Breaking cycles of situational and potentially generational poverty.

  1. Assessment and Tracking
  2. Bridging Gaps in Transition
  3. Outreach and Awareness

Objective: To survey and validate the number of students in SUNY that are experiencing food insecurity and improve their overall health and well-being.

Assessment: To evaluate existing student life interventions in SUNY and CUNY and implement best practices at [scale] through innovative partnerships that include localized campus community engagement.

Bridging Gaps in Transition: Modeling existing partnerships to support students as they transition from campus to going home for breaks – including the summer – and transferring to another institution within SUNY or within New York State and gainful employment.

Advocacy, Outreach, and Awareness: Ensure that students are aware of the programs that are available, to de-stigmatize the use of the available programs or services, and to make sure that all parts of the campus community are aware of what services are available and how to refer students to them (such as encouraging faculty to list available services as part of handing out their syllabus at the beginning of every semester). Through our joint efforts, we can increase the knowledge and availability of the services available both on our campuses and in our communities throughout New York State.

Resource Committee

  1. Data Collection
  2. Dining Services Relationships
  3. Awareness Campaign

Data Collection: Collect additional data to understand issues across campus (costs of set-up, maintaining operations, staffing  resources, policy implications). We need more data to determine size and scope of campus specific resources use to address food insecurity interventions. We will conduct an environmental scan across campuses initially through listserv query. There is also a need to better understand precisely what is happening on our campuses and in the community with respect to internal and external resource allocation and support as well as explanation of unmet needs. As one example, what is the difference between donations and expenses and what are some alternative solutions. We also would like to know what some of the policy implications on campus are.

Dining Services Relationships: To the extent that it is possible, we will explore ways to understand the varying administrative landscapes for leverage dining contracts. It will also be to raise awareness on campus to develop community of care among faculty, staff and community partners.

Awareness Campaign: Recommend engagement strategies from alumni offices, and marketing as a broad student engagement strategy with campus allies which may include adding food pantry resources to syllabi with support from the faculty.

Engagement Committee

  1. Student and Faculty Engagement
  2. Normalizing and Reducing Stigma
  3. SUNY-wide Marketing

Student and Faculty Engagement: Enhance local and regional advocacy to have food insecurity become one of the most unifying entities on campus. Depending on the institution, some adjunct faculty serve as both recipient and benefactor for food insecurity interventions. Translational services may include: custodial staff, contractors and line staff from Building and Grounds. Provide an open and inviting environment to encourage those in need to seek support;

Champion the cause through faculty to include a statement in their syllabi like the disability support statement; Use data analytics to understand how food insecurity impacts retention and completion;

Develop a SUNY wide student e-mail or newsletter to disseminate information and effectively utilize social media;

Prepare media packages including quarterly reports to inform the campus community and other state affiliated and private stakeholders;

Promote systemwide Adopt a Pantry Week initiative to support the local food bank or pantry with targeted donations;

Cultivate relationships with alumni to broaden campus outreach efforts;

Engage campus unions to help information disseminated to members;

Expand existing relationship with campus dining services for us of unsold food items;

Reduce stigma of students feeling uncomfortable about the need for this type of support;

Coordinate Web Meetings with subcommittee to share engagement activities;

Share information

Pantry and Partnership Committee

  1. Institutional buy-in
  2. Dietary and Cultural Considerations
  3. Regional Food Insecurity Summits

Institutional Buy-In: Focus of the committee identifying campuses without pantries and responding to inquiries. Connecting SUNY institutions to the Food Banks throughout NYS will be key. SUNY Adirondack connected with the Regional Food Bank during this quarter to begin the process of having a pantry. Inquiries from Plattsburg and Orange for support from the Regional Food Bank have had favorable response. Other institutions with no indication of Food Pantry or are in a planning phase are being reviewed by the co-chairs. Those are FIT, Maritime, Optometry, Upstate, Empire State and SUNY Poly in Utica.

Regional Food Insecurity Summit: Island Harvest Food Bank will hold a regional food insecurity summit with Dr. Graham, Anita Paley and several colleges: SUNY Farmingdale, Nassau, Suffolk and Old Westbury Colleges. Discussion around existing models and resources to strengthen feeding opportunities for students will occur. A visit to an off-campus pantry through Long Island Cares Food Bank will model how students and their families can be supported in areas in addition to food.

Food Insecurity Task Force