CUNY Urban Food Policy Director Nicholas Freudenberg testified before a hearing of the City Council Committees on Higher Education and General Welfare on February 14, 2019. This is an excerpt from his testimony:
In late September, members of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute had the opportunity to share current best practices and learn from others who play an active role in creating platforms that support students’ basic needs on college campuses across the United States at the #RealCollege Conference. The two-day conference connected professors, students, campus staff members, non-profit organizations , campus food pantry directors and others to work on alleviating hunger and homelessness among the college student population. Over 500 attendees were hosted at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and were welcomed to the new The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice.
On November 4th, 2016, Healthy CUNY, a university-wide initiative that promotes health to increase academic success and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, a research action center that aims to make healthy food more accessible in cities, brought together organizations and individuals working to reduce hunger and food insecurity among CUNY students. The goal of the meeting was to coordinate activities and services that could more effectively ensure that all CUNY students had access to the affordable food needed for health and academic success.