Friday, 01 March 2024 11:13

Empire State University Launches Virtual Food Pantry

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last month, Empire State University launched a virtual food pantry for students facing emergency situations. The pantry received nearly 70 applications within days of its launch. 

Set up as a personalized order system, students first apply to provide information about how many people are in their household and the type of emergency they have. Applicants are then sent a link to create a grocery cart online, through stores like Walmart or Amazon, with a budget based on their family size and USDA nutritional guidelines. 

“Part of the reason we structured it that way is because everybody has different brand preferences, taste preferences, and dietary needs,” said Executive Director of University Student Services Dan Greer in a statement. “We want to make sure that you’re able to pick the food that works for you and your family.” 

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