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Food Pantry Partners with SNAP in Fighting Hunger

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Hungry for Knowledge, The York College Food Pantry Partners In Fighting Hunger

Expanded SNAP Eligibility

Due to a New York State policy change, thousands of CUNY students enrolled in a specific career and technical education (CTE) programs are now eligible to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As of October 16, 2020, students attending an institution of higher education (such as CUNY) at least half-time, and enrolled in qualifying career and technical education programs of study can now apply for SNAP. All qualifying programs of study (or majors) are credit-bearing and lead to a certificate or an associate degree. 

Additional Updates

CUNY is doing all that it can to keep CUNY food pantries open while also protecting students against exposure to infection. In an effort to minimize student travel, CUNY students can go to any CUNY food pantry. CUNY also encourages students to seek pantries that are close to home and require minimal travel. CUNY list pantry locations and contact information. Before visiting, contact any pantry in advance to ensure that it is open.  

Also, see list below for food resources available to all New Yorkers.

Food Bank of NYC:

In light of ongoing developments around COVID-19, some emergency food providers have temporarily suspended normal operations and have switched to “grab and go” meals and pantry bags to minimize the risk of exposure. Many others, however, remain open and this website will help you find pantries near your home address.  

Plentiful App

Plentiful is a free app that you can download to locate pantries in your neighborhood. As the ongoing developments around COVID-19 are changing rapidly, please be sure to confirm hours of operation by calling before you visit.

FoodHelp NYC

This site provides a map of food pantries and community kitchens located throughout the five boroughs. Again, call first!

IMPORTANT! You may also call 311 for assistance.

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