Bear Bytes: Healthy Eating & Student Support Program

Bear Bytes: Healthy Eating & Student Support Program

The Grizzly Cupboard will be closed from December 24, 2021 until January 23, 2022. We will reopen on January 24, 2022. If you have any questions, please email or

New York Institute of Technology’s Bear Bytes initiative provides food and other health and wellness resources and information to students at our New York campuses. A collaborative effort among campus partners, New York Tech Campus Dining Services, the School of Management Student Advisory Board, and community resources, Bear Bytes promotes and supports proper nutrition and wellness that are essential to academic success.

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Smart Meals Program

The Smart Meals program offers individualized assistance to students at the New York campuses, helping to identify and explore potential financial resources to be used to purchase food items. If you think you might benefit from this program, contact the Office of the Dean of Students and we can explore the options available to you!

All information will remain confidential to the staff responsible for providing assistance.

Long Island
Office of the Dean of Students
Student Activity Center, room 208

New York City
Office of the Dean of Students
26 West 61st St., room M04

Grizzly Cupboard

The Grizzly Cupboard, New York Institute of Technology’s food pantry, is a welcoming, inclusive and confidential on-campus location that offers free, wholesome, and healthy nonperishable food items.

  • Food provided by the Grizzly Cupboard is free-of-charge to all enrolled students at our Long Island and New York City campuses.
  • Food packages may be picked up directly from the Grizzly Cupboard by appointment or delivered to students, free of charge.
  • Food is offered on a no-questions-asked basis.
  • You will be able to receive a food package from the Grizzly Cupboard once per week. We will provide recommendations for how much food can be obtained during a visit based upon household size. We aim to provide nine meals per person (three meals for three days) at each visit. For reference, see the “How to Pack a Balanced Pantry Bag.”
  • No food-related assistance, from any of the Bear Bytes programs, will have an impact on your financial aid package.

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, there is a virtual process to obtain food from the Grizzly Cupboard located on the Long Island and New York City campuses.

  • You must sign up to use the food pantry via the Food Pantry Application once per academic year.
  • To request a food package, you must complete a Food Package Request Form. You are able to request a food package, once per week when the Grizzly Cupboard is open.
  • You will be provided with a food package pick-up time based on your availability and the Grizzly Cupboard’s hours of operation.
  • New York Tech has partnered with Invisible Hands to deliver food from the Grizzly Cupboard to New York Tech students, throughout all Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City. Invisible Hands is a non-profit organization that delivers groceries and other essential items to populations especially vulnerable to COVID-19. If you are interested in using this service, please indicate this on the Food Package Request Form.

Grizzly Cupboard Locations and Hours

Long Island Campus

Student Activities Center, second floor silo
Currently closed. Reopens in the Fall 2021 semester.

New York City Campus

26 W. 61st St., room 007
Currently closed. Reopens in the Fall 2021 semester.

If you have any questions regarding the Grizzly Cupboard, please email or

Thank you to our partners:

New York Tech Campus Dining
NYIT School of Health Professions
NYIT School of Management
Stop and Shop
Invisible Hands

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Food & Nutritional Information

Government Resources

SNAP Benefits:The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance for low-income individuals, families, people who are aging, and people with disabilities, helping them to supplement the cost of their diet with nutritious foods. Please click here for more information, or one of these links to be redirected to specific info about SNAP Benefits in your state.

Important Note: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has temporarily expanded to include college students who meet specific criteria.

Local government resources: Visit these sites for up-to-date information about programs and resources to help with food, housing, and other necessities.

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