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.
The Gothic Knight Food Pantry (GKFP) is open to all with a Gothic Knight ID Card.
Hours of Operation
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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.
Assistant Director of Community Engagement
Gilligan Student Union, Room 111
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:
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.
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.
Find local farmer’s markets where you can use your SNAP benefits:
In addition to the NJCU Food Pantry, Local Jersey City Food Banks include:
The Sharing Place Food Pantry
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
Friends of Lifers Youth Corporation
The Beacon at Bethany Lutheran Church
St. John’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry – Hands On 4 Hunger