Food insecurity, demand on Syracuse University pantries rise due to pandemic’s financial tolls

by Maggie Hicks

Now that in-person instruction has resumed at Syracuse University, Syeisha Byrd expects the number of students who access on-campus food pantries to increase.

The South Campus food pantry served 158 students in April, a spike that decreased to 35 students monthly for the rest of the summer. But now that students have returned to campus, more people will need to access the pantry, said Byrd, director of the office of engagement programs at Hendricks Chapel.