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Current New School students who do not have the means to buy adequate food for themselves are eligible to use the Food Pantry. It is a free service open to all students across all schools and programs. You may be domestic or international, and enrolled in a certificate, graduate, or undergraduate program. You are also eligible to use the pantry to meet the needs of all members of your household. Any other adults, children, or seniors who live with you and buy and eat meals with you are considered part of your household. As an emergency food program, we are also able to connect students to other resources to help ease their financial burdens.
The Food Pantry is open during the following dates and times in the 2017 spring semester:
The Food Pantry is located at 6 East 16th Street in the 12th floor café. If you absolutely cannot attend regular food distribution days and times, email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
When you visit the Food Pantry, you will receive an orientation to the food and services we provide. You will be able to receive food items without enrolling or meeting with a staff person during your first visit, but starting with the second visit, we do ask that you meet with a staff person to assess your needs related to food and housing security, health, and academics. Services and referrals you receive are independent from your academic records.
The Food Pantry at The New School is supported by staff from Student Support and Crisis Management, Student Health Services, and Student Housing and Residence Life. It also has an ample team of volunteers from across the university that includes staff, faculty, and students.
As long as you have the need, you can pick up a pantry bag each time the pantry is open. The bag contains enough food for nine meals (aiming for three breakfasts, lunches, and dinners) per household member.
The New School partners with the Food Bank for New York City and obtains food via their discounted wholesale system, as well as through donations. Based on USDA nutrition guidelines, food items include grains, proteins, dairy, vegetables, and fruits. We use a customer choice model where you choose a certain number of selections from each food group. At this time all food is non-perishable, but we hope to expand our selection to include fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, and meats.
There are a few ways to refer students to the pantry. You can simply share the pantry's hours and location and students can drop in during pantry hours. If you have access to Starfish, you can make a referral via the system. You can also email email@example.com to refer students or inquire about what we offer or contact the Food Pantry's director, Naim Rasul, at 212.229.5900 x3710.
There are many ways you can get involved with the Food Pantry, from helping manage the space to organizing food drives around campus. Below are several options, but there may be others you can identify and help develop. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Food security is health!
Programs, offices, student organizations, and entire schools can adopt the Food Pantry on a given month. If you adopt a month, you will be responsible for promotion within your unit, collecting the food items, and delivering them to the pantry.
Food we can accept:
We need all hands on deck when deliveries arrive at 6 East 16th Street. If you want to be part of the crew that receives an email blast and then hurries over to the building to help unload the delivery, let us know.
All donations must be cataloged according to very specific rules set by the Food Bank. This job requires attention to detail and is needed when we receive deliveries.
Want to help with food demonstrations, developing recipes, and tabling around campus? This is beyond the walls of the pantry and is great for people who want to promote the pantry with food and programming.
Are you a professor or a student? Make food security a central tenet of your curriculum. Consider questions like "What would programs beyond a pantry look like?", "What is needed for the university to be food secure for all community members?", and "How can our class creatively support The New School's Food Pantry?"
Can your program, student organization, or school match funds so we can expand what we offer? A few examples: