|Queens College Seeks Giving Tuesday Support to Help Raise Funds for its Food Pantry|
-- Donations Will Fund a Mobile Food Distribution Unit, Equipment and Technology Needs, and Infrastructure --
Queens College is making its Knights Table Food Pantry the focus of its Giving Tuesday efforts. Giving Tuesday, celebrated annually as a day when people are encouraged to do good in ways that range from performing acts of kindness to making charitable contributions, will take place on Tuesday, November 30 this year. Contributions may be made directly via the college’s Giving Tuesday website, which is live and accessible here.
“At a time when about 15 percent of CUNY students report that they sometimes go hungry, the Knights Table Food Pantry plays a critical role in reducing their food insecurity,” says Queens College President Frank H. Wu. “The food pantry serves an average of 60 students per month; many of them come from households earning less than $30,000 a year. With support from Giving Tuesday, the Knights Table will be able to help more students and their families.” From October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021, nearly 2,500 individuals/families have benefited from Knights Table services. Please click here for a video message from President Wu.
Queens College established the Knights Table Food Pantry in 2018 to address food insecurity—lack of consistent access to food for an active, healthy life—among the college’s matriculated students. Since the pandemic, the Knights Table extended services to matriculated students at any CUNY campus. In December 2020, the pantry launched a mobile food distribution program, Turning the Table on Hunger, that makes stops in different Queens neighborhoods, handing out packages to students who register in advance. Additional pantry initiatives have included placing “grab and go” bags and vacuum-packed containers of milk and juice on library shelves for students to take as needed and mailing supermarket gift cards and coupons directly to students who reported food insecurity on surveys.
Students who may be experiencing food insecurity can email KnightsTable@qc.cuny.edu or call 718-997-0393 for quick access to the pantry.
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