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Food Insecurity

Includes information about organizations fighting food insecurity.

What is Food Insecurity?

Food Insecurity
  • Low food security (old label=Food insecurity without hunger): reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake.
  • Very low food security (old label=Food insecurity with hunger): Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

[Alt text: pie chart with 82 percent food secure households in blue, 7.3 percent of households with low food security in green, and 4.5 percent of households with very low security in yellow. 11.8] 

US Department of Agriculture. Definitions of Food Security. (2018, September 05). Retrieved November 27, 2018, from


Get in the Know

Support for College Students Experiencing Food Insecurity  More students experience food insecurity or scarcity than you think. Learn more about it. 

Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students Learn about why food insecurity is an important issue to be addressed. 

Upstate Student's Food Pantry

SUNY Upstate has a partnership with University United Methodist Church for Upstate Students to use their food pantry for the specified dates and times. This partnership is part of an effort to combat food insecurity on campus. We have entered into an agreement with this pantry on a 3-month trial basis and will continue this partnership if students use the pantry on these Upstate dedicated days.

We are also working with the Upstate Foundation and various departments on campus to be able to offer grocery store gift card/ vouchers to Upstate students who are experiencing food insecurity. The University United Methodist Church is located on the corner of University Ave and E. Genesee St (1085 East Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210). 

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 5-7pm
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 5-7pm
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 5-7pm
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 5-7pm
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 5-7pm 



Student Affairs is asking students to answer a brief survey about food insecurity, included in the survey is an opportunity to register for pantry access and the grocery gift card/ voucher program


Get Help at Upstate for Students

There are food pantries located throughout Syracuse, anyone can call the food bank (315-437-1899) and they will give you information on your nearest food pantry based on your address. 

Student Pantry Flyer

Get Active Nationally

The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness is committed to ending hunger and homelessness by educating, engaging, and training college students to directly meet individuals’ immediate needs while advocating for long-term systemic solutions.

The College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) is an online resource and learning community focused on alleviating hunger among college students.