BY JACKLYN WALTERS republished from The Spectrum
Release date: April 25, 2019
UB’s virtual food pantry program, Blue Table, is officially accessible to students.
Sherri Darrow, director of Health Promotion, announced the program went live on April 19.
Students can place an order for food online through the Student Life Gateway website and orders will be ready to pick up at 114 Student Union within two business days.
Darrow said students have already submitted over 90 requests, 25 of which came in during the first two days and are ready to be picked up. She said the first orders are helping her team determine how to “iron out the kinks” in the program.
“The demand has made us rethink what food items are the most cost-effective for purchase,” Darrow said. “We are off to a good start and we look forward to understanding more as we move through this soft launch of Blue Table.”
Student Association President Gunnar Haberl said he was “excited” for the pantry’s opening, as it was one of the last initiatives of his term.
The program is currently funded primarily through food donations and Darrow said there will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to donate money through UB CrowdFunding in the next two weeks. Those who would like to donate food can reach out to SA to learn more about contributing to Blue Table.
Sustainable Development Goals:
2. Zero Hunger: Promoting sustainable agriculture and better nutrition while achieving food security and ending hunger
3. Good health and well-being: Ensuring healthy and happy lifestyles for all ages