Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Lisa Mitten
Submission Date March 8, 2018
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at New Paltz
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lisa Mitten
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Campus Food Pantry

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In 2012, a food pantry was established in the Student Union Building by Reverend Dianna Smith after a struggling student expressed a need for food. In 2013, the food pantry became part of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The designation as a member agency allows the food pantry to purchase food at a rate of 16 cents per pound for many items. In 2015, as a gift from the former Chaplain of the Student Christian Center, Rev Paul Walley, a refrigerator freezer was purchased for the food pantry, greatly expanding the variety of items that can be distributed. Over the years the food pantry has grown from a 2 hour once a week operation to three days a week for a total of 14 open hours. A staff of volunteers helps to welcome students and staff to the food pantry. Many on campus groups contribute time and resources to the food pantry. The community and the churches that support the Student Christian Center have been generous in donating food and supplies and funding for the food pantry over the years of its existence. The food pantry has seen enormous growth of the 5 years of its existence and has been able to respond to that growth through contributions from the sources mentioned and local New Paltz businesses. In the fall of 2017, Campus Auxiliary Services hired a graduate student to manage the food pantry and the team of volunteers.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Food & Dining
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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