In the midst of a vibrant campus debate on how best to tackle food insecurity, President Elizabeth Garrett gave her approval of the plan to open a student-run grocery store in Anabel Taylor Hall on Nov. 23, clearing the final administrative hurdle blocking the store’s proponents from turning their plan into reality. The resolution to open Anabel’s Grocery was originally approved by the Student Assembly last April as a way to address food insecurity on campus. After President Emeritus David Skorton declined to offer his judgement on the plan in his last months at Cornell, the S.A. debated the issue again this year, and passed a second resolution in favor of the proposal on Nov. 5.
Anabel’s Grocery, the proposed student-run grocery store in Anabel Taylor Hall, received provisional approval from the Cornell Community Coordinating Committee last week. Following a Student Assembly meeting on Nov. 6, during which the assembly approved a resolution to provide the store with $320,000 in funding from the Students Helping Students Grant Endowment, representatives of Anabel’s Grocery met with the Cornell Community Coordinating Committee to discuss further steps, according to Joel Malina, vice president for university relations. “The Committee — whose charge, in part, focuses on Cornell’s sales activity policy and how it might affect off-campus interests — gave the President’s Office its provisional approval of the proposal,” Malina said. At the receipt of the committee’s approval, President Elizabeth Garrett expressed her plans to address the issue.
To the Editor:
I am a first-generation, low-income, Agricultural Sciences student, and I am concerned about the outcome of Anabel’s Grocery. I am not against the idea of a student-run grocery store, nor am I against solving the pervasive food insecurity problem. Solving food insecurity was why I chose to go to Cornell, but Anabel’s is not the solution. We need a full, impartial investigation into all strategies. A group of students and I, who are deeply concerned about food insecurity, believe that we cannot cut off discourse because a vote has been passed and “leave it to the administration.”
We find it hard to accept that Anabel’s economic projections are the only accurate ones.