• Food Pantry FAQ

    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.

    Use this Good Eats, For Cheap recipe collection to make delicious, healthy, and affordable dishes using your Food Pantry ingredients.

    The Environmental Working Group also offers tips for making healthy, hearty meals on a tight budget.

  • When is the Food Pantry open? Where is it?

    The Food Pantry is open during the following dates and times in the spring 2019 term:

    • Friday, December 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, December 18, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 4, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, January 8, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, January 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, January 22, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 1, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 5, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 19, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 1, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 5, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 26, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 9, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, April 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 23, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 3, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 15, 4:00-7:00 p.m. (please note the schedule change)
    • Tuesday, May 21, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    • Friday, May 31, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
    • Tuesday, June 4, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    • Friday, June 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
    • Tuesday, June 18, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    • Friday, June 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

    The Food Pantry is located at 6 East 16th Street in the 12th floor café. 

    The Food Pantry also offers pre-packed pantry bags once a week in the University Center. Bags are offered on a first come, first served basis on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the UC, room 513. This distribution will resume on January 24, 2019.

    If you absolutely cannot visit during the regular food distribution days and times, email foodpantry@newschool.edu to discuss options.

    What will happen when I visit the Food Pantry?

    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 after completing a demographics survey and meeting with a staff person, who may be able to connect you to additional resources related to food and housing security, health, and academics. Services and referrals you receive are independent from your academic records.

    Who operates the Food Pantry?

    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.

    How often can I visit the Food Pantry?

    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.

    What kind of food is available?

    The New School partners with the Food Bank for New York City and obtains food through their discounted wholesale system, as well as donations. In accordance with USDA nutrition guidelines, food items include grains, proteins, dairy, vegetables, and fruits. We use a customer choice model, in which you choose a certain number of selections from each food group. Most of our food is non-perishable, but we occasionally have fresh fruits and vegetables, provided through Corbin Hill Farm Share. We hope to expand our selection to include more fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.

    I am a student, faculty member, or staff member and know a student who could use the Food Pantry. How do I refer him or her?

    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 through the system to Student Support and Crisis Management. You can also email foodpantry@newschool.edu to refer students or inquire about what we offer or contact the Food Pantry's director, Andrea MacFarlane, at 212.229.5900 x3965.

    I want to support the Food Pantry. How can I help?

    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 foodpantry@newschool.edu to sign up. Food security is health!

    Adopt the Pantry

    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:

    • Non-perishable food items
    • Canned foods like soup, fruit, or vegetables
    • Boxed food like cereal, granola bars, pasta, and grains
    • Shelf-stable dairy before the expiration date
    • Shelf-stable juice before the expiration date

    Non-food items we can accept:

    • Unopened or individually packaged hygiene products 
    • Cookware (utensils, pots, pans, etc.)
    • Household items and cleaning products

    Volunteer at Distributions 

    We need help at pantry distributions to stock shelves, organize the pantry, and orient students to the pantry. Email foodpantry@newschool.edu if you'd like to get involved. 

    All Hands on Deck: Unloading and Organizing Donations 

    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.

    Become a Cook: Helping with Food Demonstrations, Developing Recipes, and Tabling

    Want to help with food demonstrations, developing recipes, and tabling around campus? This is beyond the walls of the pantry and is an excellent opportunity for people who want to promote the pantry with food and programming.

    Make Food Security a Class Project

    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 that we can expand what we offer? A few examples:

    • We would love to provide a larger variety of options for students. How can we make that a reality?
    • We will be hosting online food drives in which you can buy our most needed and most popular items through the Food Bank For New York City's discount bulk website.
    • We purchase farm shares for the pantry that cost $15. Can you host a fundraiser to help us purchase share(s)?