In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sought to address a growing problem on New York college campuses: students who lack access to food.
Cuomo’s proposal, which was included in his 2018-19 executive budget, would require State University of New York and City University of New York institutions to either have food pantries on campus or provide an alternative program for students to receive food.
Many of New York’s public colleges and universities already have a campus food bank. Holly Liapis, press secretary for the State University of New York, said 70 percent of the system’s 64 institutions, including Cayuga Community College in Auburn, have food pantries on campus or offer students food through community partnerships.
Some campuses have other programs, including community gardens, emergency food vouchers for students and dining center meal donations.