Last month, as part of SUNY Cobleskill’s inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service and the lead-up to the event, members of the College community and attending guests raised more than $1,100 to contribute to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The amount is sufficient to allow regional food banks and pantries – that can purchase one lb. of food for $.16 – to purchase more than 7,250 lbs. (3.63 tons) of nonperishable food items.

The story does not end there. In the month since the Day of Service, SUNY Cobleskill’s Residential Life Office has challenged residence hall to participate in a “Penny Wars” program; those living on campus are encouraged to contribute loose change to benefit area food pantries. With the final count complete, SUNY Cobleskill has been able to raise an additional $700.30 to benefit community members in need. This new total can allow a regional food bank to purchase more than 3,775 lbs. of food.

In approximately a month and a half, SUNY Cobleskill raised $1,861.30 for area pantries – an amount a pantry can use to purchase 11,633 lbs. (5.82 tons) of food. SUNY Cobleskill is grateful to all who contributed to these initiatives aimed at helping those in need in our area communities.