Food Resources

Food insecurity has the potential to harm students’ ability to achieve their educational and professional goals. At Guttman, we have various resources dedicated to addressing food insecurity. Currently, the Guttman Food Pantry is open and operating remotely. The Connect Center is also able to send gift cards to you via mail, or send a money transfer to your CUNYfirst account so you can order groceries while remaining at home.

Additionally, we have compiled a list of resources and helpful information to assist you in accessing other local food pantries and resources.

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Guttman students can visit the Guttman Pantry, located in LL 021, and take home a supply of free, non-perishable food items to meet their immediate needs. Visits can occur as often as you’d like!

The Guttman Pantry is currently open for Fall 1 & 2 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM Monday to Friday. If you would like to pick up groceries from the Guttman Food Pantry, please follow these steps:

  • Email connectcenter@guttman.cuny.eduto request a pick-up appointment, at least two business days before you want to pick up. Someone from the team will confirm your pick-up date and time
  • If you are requesting an appointment on a Tuesday or Friday, you may visit the Pantry, located in LL 021, at your confirmed date and time and select the items you’d like and carry them out. Walk-ins are also welcome on this date!
  • If you are requesting an appointment on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, you will be asked to complete a brief online form selecting the specific items you’d like. Your items will be packed into bags for you and will be given to you on your appointment date and time.
  • Be sure to always wear a mask when visiting the Pantry and also bring an ID.

There are gift cards available for use at Whole Foods, Key Foods, and Subway.

To request a gift card, complete this form

If you do not feel safe accessing your local grocery store in-person, you may request a transfer of funds (up to $100) to your CUNYfirst account. You may then use these funds to order groceries from within your home.

To request a cash transfer, complete this form

Any CUNY student needing help with food resources can contact A CUNY Food Navigator  by texting “FOOD” to 855-230-6746

The food pantries at the following campuses are open to all CUNY students and may be more convenient to where you work and live. Please visit their websites for specific instructions or contact the respective offices to confirm details about the pick-up process before going to the campus. Bring your Guttman ID if you visit.

Bronx

Bronx Community College Food Pantry
Click here to make an appointment
Call 718-289-5179 or email bcc.singlestop@bcc.cuny.edu with questions
Loew Hall 1st Floor, Admissions Entrance, 2155 University Avenue, Bronx NY 10453

Hostos Community College Food Pantry
To make an appointment: call 718-518-6567 or email mcruz@hostos.cuny.edu
Savoy Building, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451

Brooklyn

Brooklyn College Food Pantry
To make an appointment: call 718-951-5352 or email civicengagement@brooklyn.cuny.edu
117 Roosevelt Hall, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Kingsborough Community College Food Pantry
To make an appointment call 718-368-5411 or email arc.kcc@kbcc.cuny.edu
Front gate pantry bag pick-up at 2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Medgar Evers Food Pantry
To make an appointment call 718-368-5411 or email: TransitionAcademy@mec.cuny.edu
1150 Carroll Street, Brooklyn NY 11225

Manhattan

BMCC Food Pantry
To make an appointment call 212-220-8195 or email arc@bmcc.cuny.edu
199 Chambers Street, Room S-230, New York, NY 10007

City College of NY Food Pantry
Click here to make an appointment
Call 212.650.8208 or email bennysfoodpantry@ccny.cuny.edu with questions
NAC Hoffman Lounge 1/101A,160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031

Hunter College Food Pantry
To make an appointment call: 212-396-6418
Room B103, West Building at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue

John Jay Food Pantry
To make an appointment, call 212-237-8052 or email JJCFoodBank@jjay.cuny.edu
524 West 59th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Queens

LaGuardia Food Pantry
To make an appointment: call 718-482-5135 or email Laguardiacare@lagcc.cuny.edu
E-Building Lobby (Thomson Avenue Entrance), 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City 11101

Queensborough Community College Food Pantry
To make an appointment call 718-631-6320 or email foodpantry@qcc.cuny.edu
Administration Building, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

Queens College Food Pantry
Click here to make an appointment
Call 718-997-0393 or email Knightstable@qc.cuny.edu with questions
Student Union, Lower Level 23, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367

Staten Island

College of Staten Island Food Pantry
Call 718-982-3088 or email studentlife@csi.cuny.edu with questions
2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314

Please note, we offer this information as options that are available in NYC and the surrounding areas but the College does not endorse nor recommend any particular food insecurity resource outside of the University.

For more information on NYC food pantries available in your neighborhood during the COVID-19 pandemic please visit https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ny-new_york

For all of the services below, please be sure to confirm hours of operation by calling before you visit.

Food Help NYC: Track pantries and community kitchens through a map.

Smart Streets NYC: Find a free meal in Manhattan.

Access Nutritious Food: Access Nutritious Food for New York City Emergency Food Programs

Food Bank NYC: Find local pantries near your home address

Plentiful App: Locate pantries in your neighborhood.

Food Availability in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Feeding America Food Bank Locator: Distributes food through a network of member agencies located in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Island Harvest Food Bank: Food bank map in Long Island

Food Availability in Westchester County

Westchester County Food Pantry Finder 

You may also call 311 for assistance.

Jenerus Online Food Bank
To create a profile and request help funding your Instacart, you must download the Jenerus app.

Food Resources for College Students
Understanding food insecurity among college students and identifying resources to help alleviate hunger.

In addition to more immediate access to food pantries and free meals, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, offers a sustainable option for students and their families to obtain groceries in the long-term.

If you need assistance with your SNAP application, please set-up an appointment for a one-on-one meeting with a member of our team. If you have general questions, feel free to attend our drop-in hours, email, or call us.

What is SNAP?

SNAP is a federal program that provides nutrition benefits via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card used at grocery stores and retailers to purchase food.  You can purchase any food products including breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, fish and poultry. SNAP does not cover alcohol or tobacco products, hot or prepared foods, or any non-food items such as paper products, medicines, household supplies or pet food.

Who is Eligible for SNAP?

SNAP eligibility is based on your gross income and family size. You must be a US citizen or a Green Card holder of 5 years to be eligible for SNAP. If you do not meet these requirements but you have a child who was born in the United States, your child may be eligible for SNAP.

Based on new legislation approved by Governor Cuomo in October 2020, eligibility for students has been expanded. Low-income college students engaged at least half-time (6 credits or more per semester) in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses offered at a SUNY, CUNY, comprehensive, technical, or community colleges now may be eligible to apply. At Guttman, students in three of our programs qualify as potentially SNAP-eligible via Perkins/CTE enrollment: Human Services, Business Administration and Information Technology.

For those who want to apply under the new exception for students enrolled in career and technical education programs, you will need to show that you are enrolled half-time or more at Guttman in one of the programs of study above. CUNY will provide you with an official “CUNY Student Verification of Enrollment” form to include with your SNAP application. Visit this website to see how to download your CUNY Student Verification of Enrollment form.

To learn more information about SNAP and to determine your eligibility, use this flow chart and complete a brief survey at https://tinyurl.com/snapeligible and someone from the Connect Center will follow up with you about next steps. If you have other questions, please call our office at 646-313-8857 or email us at connectcenter@guttman.cuny.edu to schedule an appointment. We offer one on one guided support in applying for SNAP if you are eligible.

How Do I apply for SNAP on my own?

You will apply for SNAP through your local Human Resources Administration (HRA) office. To apply online for SNAP benefits, please use this link: https://access.nyc.gov

Please note: many of the following options are only available when the campus is open and operating. Please contact our office if you have questions about specific programs.

  • Guttman Grab and Go Snack Bags: Students receive Grab and Go Snack Bags during the day.
  • Guttman Healthy Snacks: Students receive Healthy Snacks that can be eaten on the go including yogurts and raw fruit and vegetables.
  • Nourish NYC Dairy Boxes: Students can order and pick up refrigerated dairy boxes that include milk, cheese, butter and yogurt.
  • Corbin Hill Fresh Produce Program: Students can order and pick up a variety of fresh produce products including fruits and vegetables.
  • Guttman Late Night Meals: Microwavable meals are available for students who have evening classes on campus.
  • Fresh Direct Program: Student can receive a cart of groceries delivered to their home, one time per month, if they meet certain eligibility requirements.
  • Holiday Meal Program: Students can receive a prepared holiday meal package delivered to their home, one time in November or December 2021.