Food Insecurity

Columbia Dining is committed to supporting University and student efforts to address hunger amongst its student community and the stigma associated with food insecurity.

Emergency Meal Fund 

Columbia Dining sponsors the Emergency Meal Fund, a no-questions-asked program offering 6 meals per term to undergraduate students (CC, SEAS, or GS) in need. CC and SEAS students who need tickets should meet with their academic advisor. GS students who need tickets should go to 403 Lewisohn Hall and may contact [email protected] for questions.

Emergency meal tickets can be used during the current term at these locations: John Jay, JJ’s Place, Ferris Booth Commons, Faculty House, and Chef Mike's Sub Shop. Ticket holders should present one ticket to the cashier when they arrive. Emergency meal tickets cannot be used at Columbia Dining special events.

Food Pantry 

Columbia Dining provides financial and buying support to the Columbia Food Pantry, a student-run operation in Lerner Hall dedicated to relieving hunger in the student community. 

In May 2019, Columbia Dining committed to an annual $5,000 donation – the equivalent of 1,000 uneaten meals – to the Food Pantry in support of the organization’s collaboration with Swipe Out Hunger.

Columbia Dining also collaborates with The Food Pantry on nutrition education and budget friendly cooking events.

Academic Break Schedule 

Columbia Dining operates during fall, Thanksgiving, and spring breaks to make sure students staying on campus have an affordable place to eat. This schedule is funded by the department’s operating budget, at no additional cost to students.