Free Grizzly Pantry when you need food, clothing or personal essentials, emergency grants when you are facing financial hardship and much more.
Attending college in New York City offers amazing opportunities and unique challenges, including managing the cost of living. We see you and we have resources to help you out. All our programs and services are free and cover all areas of essential need.
Being a college student takes a lot of energy. Count on us for our free food programs, right on campus or delivered directly to your home, to make sure you have the fuel you need to focus on your classes.
Grizzly Pantry – Need a snack between classes or want to bring some extra food home? We have grab and go items, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, oatmeal, pasta, and more.
Fresh Produce, Eggs, and Bread Giveaways – Each semester we partner with local farms to bring you fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, and bread, all for free!
We also work with local agencies to help determine if you are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. If you qualify, you can receive 1:1 help applying. An EBT debit card, filled monthly with funds will be sent to you and you can use it at your local grocery store to purchase groceries for you and your family.
Throughout my journey as a Guttman student, the Connect Center helped me phenomenally. After the pandemic, groceries became expensive and harder to buy. Fortunately, the Connect Center equipped me with the proper nutrition and weekly food (apples, bread, eggs, etc.), which benefited my family and me. During school hours, I was able to go to the Connect Center and grab quick snacks and drinks that helped me stay awake and energized during class; it was especially good because of how expensive Manhattan can be. I was also provided information about food stamps and grants that help me during hard times after the Pandemic.
– WOODCHERLEENE LOZIER
Finding a place to call home in NYC can be overwhelming, and you might not know where to start. We can help with roommate and apartment finding resources, tips on how to search for a place or connect you with local shelters, affordable housing or short-term room shares.
Balancing being a parent and a student can be challenging. Let us help you feel confident that your little one is being cared for while you are in class so you can focus on your success.
From the 17 CUNY campus child care centers to non-profit centers to government child care programs, there is something for every family. Ask us for a list of referrals you can contact directly to receive support navigating NYC’s complex system.
Child Care Resources:
Opening a bank account. Building your credit. Saving money. Avoiding debt. Investing. This is financial literacy, and having these skills can make a huge difference in your future and the future of your family. Get in touch with us to learn more.
Health insurance is a privilege everyone deserves to have. It will protect you from paying big medical bills if you get sick, have an unexpected medical emergency or just want to keep up with your annual check-ups. Here is some information about some of the plans that are available to you.
To get help enrolling in one of the above plans, contact us and we will get you connected.
I am entirely grateful for the support that Connect Center has given me throughout my college journey. I have been able to benefit from the different Guttman food programs they have run such as Fresh Direct Grocery Delivery, Fresh Food giveaway events and Grizzly Pantry. Thank you for always having that empathy and warm vibe to assist us in our different needs as students.
– PAULA SIGCHO
- are facing eviction in Housing Court, NYCHA housing, need help on other housing issues or are homeless.
- are a survivor of domestic violence or human trafficking.
- are a low-wage or unemployed worker who has experienced wage theft, workplace discrimination or labor trafficking, or needs help with family and medical leave or unemployment insurance.
- are a low-income immigrant who needs help reunifying with your family, obtaining lawful status, applying for citizenship, or defending against deportation.
- need assistance in getting, keeping, and using government benefits and public assistance such as SNAP (food stamps), SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, and other health insurances.
Immigrant Student Success Initiative
Whether you have DACA, TPS, or are undocumented, at Guttman Community College we value all students, period. From scholarship opportunities to finding community, the Immigrant Student Success Initiative is here for you with guidance and resources, regardless of your immigration status.