Bear Bytes: Healthy Eating & Student Support Program

Bear Bytes: Healthy Eating & Student Support Program

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
516.686.7635
DeanofStudents@nyit.edu

New York City
Office of the Dean of Students
26 West 61st St., room M04
212.261.1532
DeanofStudents@nyit.edu

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.

  • Please fill out the Grizzly Cupboard Intake Form once per academic year.
  • 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 reserving a time slot for our walk-in hours or delivered to students, free of charge.
  • To book pick up times, for our walk-in hours, please click here.
  • 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 will be able to shop though our panty during the time slot you have chosen here.
  • 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 this service, utilize the booking link above and select delivery as the service you are booking.
Grizzly Cupboard Intake Form

Grizzly Cupboard Locations and Hours

Long Island Campus
GRIZZLY CUPBOARD

Student Activities Center, second floor silo
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
bearbytesli@nyit.edu

New York City Campus
GRIZZLY CUPBOARD

26 W. 61st St., room 006
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
bearbytesnyc@nyit.edu

If you have any questions regarding the Grizzly Cupboard, please email bearbytesli@nyit.edu or bearbytesnyc@nyit.edu.

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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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the purpose of Bear Bytes? Is this initiative necessary?

The goal of Bear Bytes is to provide food and other health and wellness resources and information direct and indirect) to students to encourage and support proper nutrition and wellness that are essential to academic success. Data gathered from a recent campus survey shows this is a need for a lot of students. We want to help students be their best inside and outside of the classroom!



Who can receive help from the Bear Bytes initiative?

The Smart Meals program offers individualized assistance to students at the New York campuses. If you think you might benefit from this, contact the Office of the Dean of Students and we can explore the options available to you! The Grizzly Cupboard is open to all enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at the New York campuses.



Is this program anonymous? I don’t feel comfortable talking about this.

Since we want to help every student as much as possible with their situation, the program isn’t anonymous. The more you tell us, the more we can help you. All information will remain confidential to the staff responsible for providing assistance.



How much food will I be provided with if I am not the only person living in my household?

The Grizzly Cupboard will provide recommendations for how much food can be obtained during a visit based upon household size. We will aim to provide nine meals per person (three meals for three days) in each home during each visit. Students are able to visit the Grizzly Cupboard once per week. For a better understanding of this offering, please see the “How to Pack a Balanced Pantry Bag” infographic provided by Food Bank for New York City.



How can I manage feelings of anxiety and stress associated with being a college student and managing difficulties with accessing healthy food and other personal resources?

Beyond the transition that students face when beginning college, there can be other significant periods of stress throughout your college career. . Making new friends, adjusting to a demanding workload, and navigating college during the era of COVID-19 can certainly increase feelings of anxiety. While it is normal to experience stress from time to time, chronic stress or stress that is unmanaged can have a negative affect on our physical and mental well-being. If you experience hopelessness, trouble concentrating, difficulty sleeping, fast heartbeat, excessive worry, withdrawal from friends, a decline in academic achievement, etc. for an extended period of time, please contact New York Tech’s Counseling and Wellness Center for assistance and resources to support and encourage you during this time.



New York Tech Food Insecurity Survey 2019 Results

According to the National College and University Basic Needs Insecurity Report (2019), 45 percent of college students surveyed at 123 institutions reported experiencing food insecurity in the past 30 days. The study also found a statistically significant relationship with self-reported poor physical health, symptoms of depression, and higher perceived stress.. Food insecurity was also found to have an impact on academic performance as students who experience food insecurity report lower completion and credit attainment rates.

To assess the needs of our students and guide our response, New York Tech conducted a Food Insecurity Survey in fall 2019. Of those students at our New York campuses who responded, over half answered “yes” to having eaten less food than they thought they should have due not having enough money over the course of a month. In a follow-up question to this group, more than a quarter of students stated that they had eaten less than they thought they should have for more than 10 days in the month prior to taking the survey. Given these findings, New York Tech seeks to support students through the Smart Meals Program and provide a food pantry, the Grizzly Cupboard, on each of our New York campuses.

Pie charts of food survey results

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