• Food secure beyond subsistence

It's Hard to Succeed on an Empty Stomach.
We Can Help.

If you are having trouble affording the food you need to feed yourself or your family, SNAP may be able to help.

SNAP provides monthly benefits on an EBT card that you can use to buy food at grocery stores. Low-income students between the ages of 18 and 49 who are enrolled at least half-time in higher education may be eligible if they meet any of the following:

  • Participate in a state or federal work-study program during the regular school year
  • Attend a SUNY/CUNY community college, comprehensive college, or technical college and are enrolled in a career and technical education (CTE) program
  • Attend an Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) and are enrolled in a career and technical education (CTE) program, remedial courses, basic adult education, literacy, or English as a second language
  • Can meet other SNAP rules

Apply for SNAP online at


Need help applying for SNAP? Nutrition Outreach and Education (NOEP) Coordinators offer one-on-one help. NOEP Coordinators can tell if you may be eligible for SNAP and help you gather the documents you need, and fill out and send in your SNAP application. You’ll also get information on other programs that may help stretch your food budget, like school meals and summer meals for kids. The service is free and confidential.

Find your NOEP Coordinator

Nassau Community College students bring food goods to the NEST, a campus food pantry.

With new efforts and partnerships continuing to be formed, all 64 of SUNY's colleges and universities now have a food pantry or stigma-free food access available to their students. Read more on how:

SUNY Schools are Ensuring Students Stay Nourished and Healthy to Increase Success in College


Our efforts to end food insecurity take place both on and off campus. Community partners and student initiatives are helping bring an end to the issue of food insecurity at college.