Pass the Plate, a campus food pantry established by the Office for Spiritual Engagement, is currently collecting nonperishable donations to address food insecurity. Coordinated by Spiritual Engagement Office and Event Coordinator Jennifer Tufano, the initiative will open to campus later this fall.
Pass the Plate aligns with a nationwide movement to expand accessibility to healthy food, an issue that impacts individuals throughout higher education at the same rate as the rest of the population. Jackie Steinman ’20 suggested the food pantry’s name.
Nonperishable items needed for the pantry include grains, high-protein foods (peanut butter, protein bars, canned meat and fish, etc.), canned foods, baking items, personal hygiene products and cleaning products. Pass the Plate also accepts kitchenware items such as pots and pans, cooking utensils, flatware, bowls and plates, and microwaves.
Collection bins, decorated by students at a recent gathering hosted by Kim Wilson Vincent, are currently located at:
- Abbe Center for Jewish Life
- Chaplain’s Office, Demarest Hall
- Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Trinity Hall (second floor)
- Counseling Center (first floor)
- Intercultural Affairs
- Office of Advancement, 20 Seneca St.
- Office of Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens, Senior Dean of Faculty, Coxe Hall (second floor)
- Residential halls
- Smith Hall (first floor)
- Winn Seeley Gymnasium
To support Pass the Plate, donations are also accepted online and via check. Checks are payable to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and may be mailed to: Wendy Barnhart, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Please indicate HWS Food Pantry for both online and mail donations. Donations can also be made through an HWS payroll deduction.