HERKIMER, N.Y. — Herkimer County Community College’s new food pantry, The General’s Cupboard, has partnered with other businesses and organizations to expand its offerings.
The General’s Cupboard is now working with the Food Bank of Central New York, which will allow the pantry to purchase food from the bank at a lower cost and utilize a nutritionist on campus for cooking demonstrations.
To keep the pantry stocked, the college is also working with the Walmart Distribution Center in Marcy, the Compassion Coalition, the Little Falls Knitting Group, American Dining Creations and the Herkimer County College Foundation.
“Nationally, it is estimated one third of all college students struggle with hunger,” said Food Bank Chief Programs Officer Sara Haag. “Hunger has no place in the classroom, and when lacking good nutrition students may find it difficult to focus in class or study. The on-campus school pantry at Herkimer College will help students who need additional supports making nutritious food available to them. Food Bank welcomes opportunities to talk with community organizations, like the College, about their ideas to help increase access to food in their communities. Together, we can make a difference.”
The pantry provides free, canned and packaged food and other non-perishable items, as well as personal care items, to enrolled Herkimer College students.
The General’s Cupboard has served 220 students and given away 4,669 items since it opened in August.