“We applaud Governor Cuomo’s plan to invest in food pantries on all public university campuses. CUNY has been a leader in addressing food insecurity on campus and runs pantries on more than half of our 24 campuses, including at six of our seven community colleges. Research conducted by the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy indicates that almost 15 percent of our students—28,430 young women and men—go hungry at some point because they can’t afford to buy enough food. CUNY’s research found that food-insecure students have lower grade-point averages and are far more likely to take leaves of absence than comparable well-fed students.
“This new investment will make a critical difference for our students, as has the Excelsior Scholarship program. By enabling eligible students to attend CUNY tuition-free, the Excelsior Scholarship has played a significant role in the increases in applications, enrollment and credit-taking that we have seen since the program’s introduction.”