MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute has received a $10,000 donation from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to support the college’s newly created “Poly Pantry” food pantry.
The pantry will help fight unaddressed food insecurity for students at SUNY Poly’s Marcy campus, the college announced Friday.
“Poly Pantry” is part of an initiative launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help provide SUNY/CUNY students with “stigma-free access” to a food pantry, SUNY Poly noted. Nearly 40 percent of SUNY Poly students during the fall 2018 semester were eligible for federal Pell Grants; eligibility is based on a household income of $30,000 or less.
The donation was presented Friday by Dominion Energy Transmission Manager of Operations Stan Ossowski to SUNY Poly interim President Grace Wang and the SUNY Poly Foundation. Dominion Energy Transmission is a natural gas pipeline system whose markets include upstate New York plus several other states.
Wang expressed thanks for the donation, and said it “will help keep our ‘Poly Pantry’ well stocked to ensure students have the resources to make it through times of need, and we are proud to support an empowering campus atmosphere through this SUNY-wide initiative.”
Ossowski said “no student should have to suffer with food insecurity and this grant will help ensure those who need it will have the ability to focus on classwork and other school activities.”
“Poly Pantry” opened at the start of the Spring 2019 semester, enabling students to obtain food and personal hygiene items to help them achieve educational goals without the burden of hunger or food insecurity, said SUNY Poly.
Students are able to request available pantry items by placing an order and are notified once it has been filled. All orders are filled within 24 hours.