What was once unused storage space on the third floor of the Student Services (â€œSâ€) Building is now a part of the fight to end food insecurity at Medgar Evers College. Last Thursday, the College officially opened the Cougar Country Food Pantry. It will serve as a place where students who are in-need will have access to food. Dr. Alexis McLean, Interim Dean of the Division of Student Affairs, said reaching out to the â€œwhole studentâ€ is part of their mission and helping with hunger is a part of that.
â€œAlmost every day we see students who are experiencing food insecurity.â€ McLean added, â€œThey come to us with this feeling that they have to choose between paying the rent or keeping their heat on and buying food.â€
Waleek Boone, who spearheads initiatives for the Transition Academy, said this effort to bring a food pantry on campus has been in the works for nearly a year. Boone said he has worked to develop community partnerships to support the pantry. MEC is now a Food Bank for New York City network member, which allows the College to purchase food for the pantry in bulk at wholesale. The College also partners with the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger. That organization will donate food and offer social services.