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.


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.

  • Food provided by the Grizzly Cupboard is free-of-charge to all enrolled students at our Long Island and New York City campuses.
  • Food is offered on a no-questions-asked basis. Following your third request, however, you will be asked to speak with staff from the Office of Counseling and Wellness or the Office of Financial Aid to discuss additional resource and assistance options.
  • You will be able to visit 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.
Grizzly Cupboard Application
Food Order Request Form

Grizzly Cupboard Locations and Hours starting October 1, 2020

Long Island Campus
GRIZZLY CUPBOARD

Student Activities Center, second floor silo
Package Pick-up Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
bearbytesli@nyit.edu

New York City Campus
GRIZZLY CUPBOARD

26 W. 61st St., room 007
Package Pick-up Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
bearbytesnyc@nyit.edu

If you are unable to visit the Grizzly Cupboard during the hours of operation, please email bearbytesli@nyit.edu or bearbytesnyc@nyit.edu to make alternate arrangements.

Thank you to our partners:

New York Tech Campus Dining
NYIT School of Health Professions
NYIT School of Management
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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.

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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