The grand opening took place on Wednesday.

According to the Daily Freeman, SUNY Ulster's on campus food pantry, "The Pantry," which is located in Vanderlyn Hall, will be open to students, faculty and staff with no proof of need required for its use.

Giving out food to those in need is not new to SUNY Ulster as their original food pantry operated from a truck in a campus parking lot and moved to a space in Vanderlyn Hall on November 9th.

SUNY Ulster student, Doug Napoli told the Freeman that he visits the new pantry each week and he said that he and his family were homeless for a time, living in a hotel, and that his father was hospitalized on two occasions during that time.

The pantry is made possible due to the support of the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s Campus Ministry Committee, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Paltz, Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge and the Rondout Valley Food Pantry.

The SUNY Ulster food pantry is currently only open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon but college officials hope to add one day per week soon.

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