Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.83
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
IN-14: Food Bank

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lexi Chipules
Campus Facilities Wellness Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution host a food bank, pantry, or equivalent resource focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger and poverty among students?:

A brief description of the food bank, pantry, or equivalent resource:

Food insecurity, the state of having limited or uncertain access to food, is an issue on college campuses across the country. To address this problem, ESF established an on-campus food pantry for students who may be experiencing hunger and/or struggling to attain food due to financial hardships.

The food pantry is named to honor Beth Ann Newkirk, an ESF student who lost her life June 11, 2019. Beth came to ESF as a transfer student in the fall of 2018 in EFB. She used the Syracuse University Food Pantry and if she was still with us would be an avid supporter of ESF's pantry. Beth was described as "a glowing bright light" and "a joy to be around." It is a great privilege for ESF to name the pantry to honor her spirit.

Beth's Bounty:

The Food Pantry at ESF is run by Alpha Xi Sigma, ESF's Honors Society student organization. It receives support from the Division of Student Affairs and the Food Pantry Advisory Team.


- Creating a safe space to distribute quality emergency food to current ESF students
- Creating and promoting a space on campus dedicated to food donation collection
- Collecting quality food items that may otherwise go to waste to enhance sustainability initiatives on campus
- Encouraging student engagement to foster a sense of community, volunteerism, and service to peers on campus

Website URL where information about the food bank is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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