Food Pantry

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Welcome to the Gothic Knight Food Pantry at New Jersey City University (NJCU)!

Hungry?

At NJCU, we hear you and we’re here to help.  We’re here to help you graduate and create outstanding campus community.  We want you to be fed.  We’ve created the Gothic Knight Food Pantry (GKFP) to address food insecurity.  Food insecurity has increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses and can pose a significant barrier to student success. 

Many students come to campus with limited resources and little experience managing their needs. Hunger makes it difficult to study, sleep, or engage in academics and social activities at the same level as peers. If our students' physiological needs aren't being met, it ultimately decreases the chances of meeting their full potential and their overall experience at New Jersey City University.

Using the Gothic Knight Food Pantry

The Gothic Knight Food Pantry (GKFP) is open to all with a Gothic Knight ID Card.

Hours of Operation

Tuesdays                10:00 am-2:00 pm

Thursdays                2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Weekend Backpack program: Clients registered for the program are welcome to shop in the pantry for products for use over the weekend. Backpacks must be returned the following week to sustain the program.

Who do I contact if you have questions about the Pantry?

Robert Quinones 
Assistant Director of Community Engagement
Gilligan Student Union, Room 111
Phone: 201-200-3299
Fax: 201-200-2329
Rquinones@njcu.edu

Items you can donate to the pantry

We are sustained by the generosity of our donors. We seek donations of perishable and non-perishable food items as well as personal care items and small household items. We will even pick up donated items.

Suggestions for donations to the pantry:

  • Canned foods with pull top openings
  • Soups, beans, vegetables
  • Boxed foods
  • Rice, macaroni and cheese, cereal​, granola bars
  • Individual Packets
  • Oatmeal, chips, crackers, nuts, ramen noodles
  • ​Fruit cups​
  • Pasta and sauce
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothpaste and brushes
  • Toilet paper
  • Individual care
  • Facial and body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner

Student, Faculty and Staff referral of a student to the Pantry

We are delighted to listen to the needs of our students and campus community.  One of the ways we listen to the needs is by being forwarded referrals of students that may benefit from the pantry by students, faculty, and staff.  A fellow student, faculty or staff member may see a need for a student who requires additional food items or personal care products.  Once we obtain your referral, we will have a member of the Student Affairs team reach out to the student and determine how to help.  

To refer a student to our team, and to combat food insecurity, please email Robert Quinones at Rquinones@njcu.edu.

Local Community Resources

In addition to the NJCU Food Pantry, Local Jersey City Food Banks include:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

You may wish to apply for SNAP as a resource to aid you along your educational journey.  SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligibility

The Sharing Place Food Pantry 
(201) 963-5518

Our Lady of Sorrows Church
(201) 938-1419

Friends of Lifers Youth Corporation
(201) 938-1419

CAUSE Center
(201) 432-2824

The Beacon at Bethany Lutheran Church
(201) 432-8773

St. John’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry – Hands On 4 Hunger
(201) 589-1781