Haub Law Opens Food Pantry on Campus Aiming to Eliminate Barriers to Student Success

November 11, 2021
Members of the Student Bar Association show off the Haub Law Food Pantry
Haub Law students from the SBA show off one of the new food pantries on campus.

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law has established a Food Pantry program on campus available to students and their families who need food assistance. The pantry, which has well-stocked locations in both the Wellness Center and Dannat Hall at the Law School, was made possible by generous donations from alumni and local organizations.

This initiative was implemented by the Office of Student Services in response to the Law School’s increased awareness of students who struggle with food insecurities, rent, and other necessities exacerbated by the pandemic. In collaboration with the Law School’s Development Office, and with support from members of the Student Bar Association (SBA), Haub Law will be able to continue to stock the pantry with shelf-stable food items.

“Food insecurity is a real concern for many students and their families who are already making major sacrifices to pay for a higher education,” said Angie D’Agostino, Dean for Students at Haub Law. “We’re still seeing the impact of the pandemic now.”

According to a Spring 2021 Law School Survey of Student Engagement surveying 13,000 law students nationwide, 43% reported they had increased concerns about having enough food, almost 63% were more worried this past year about their ability to pay bills, and more than 29% had increased concerns about eviction and housing loss.

“Law school can be difficult for any student,” said Dean D’Agostino. “But for those with loans running out, who have real concerns about paying their tuition or rent, the added pressure can be a barrier to success. Through our food pantry, we will have a means to help alleviate this stress so students can focus on pursuing their paths to a successful career.” 

Haub Law’s food pantry, located in Aloysia 109 and the Common Room in Dannat Hall, is available to any student needing food assistance. To learn more about this initiative, or make a donation, contact the Office of Student Services at studentaffairs@law.pace.edu or make a gift online at www.law.pace.edu/give (Select "Designations," choose "Other," and indicate "Haub Law Food Pantry").



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