Basic Needs

As a Catholic and Vincentian University deeply concerned about the health and wellness of its students, St. John’s University recognizes the need to continue to better understand the predominance of the issue of food and housing insecurity among our students, and identify relevant and useful ways to address it. If you have concerns about meeting your own basic needs or have concerns for another student, please see the information below and/or please fill out the basic needs information request form.

Basic Needs Information Request

Food Insecurity

Recently, food insecurity among university students has received increasing local and national attention. A student’s inability to consistently obtain nutritious food is a potentially serious health issue.

If you are experiencing food insecurity, or know of a student who is, please refer to the information below for resources available to help support St. John’s University students.

Food Pantries Off-Campus

Go to to find a food pantry near you.

Additional Resources for NYC Residents

Click here to find additional support near you.

Additional Resources for Non-NYC Residents

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Contact Us

Queens Campus

Jackie Lochrie, Acting Dean of Students
[email protected]

Victoria Santangelo, Associate Vice President for University Ministry
[email protected]

Kimathi Gordon-Somers, Esq., Assistant Dean for Students, Law School
[email protected]

Staten Island Campus

David Gachigo, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
[email protected]

Tri Duong, C.M., Campus Minister, Campus Ministry
[email protected]

“Sens. Warren, Markey, Murray and Stabenow Request GAO Study on Food Insecurity at American Colleges and Universities” (February 23, 2017)

“There's a hunger problem on America's college campuses” (December 6, 2016)
Katie Lobosco, CNN Money

“George Washington University Opens Food Pantry For Students” (October 6, 2016)
Audie Cornish, NPR All Things Considered

“Leftover Meal Plan Swipes: No Waste Here” (August 5, 2016)
Laura Pappanoaug, The New York Times

“Landscape Analysis of Emergency Aid Programs” (2016)
Kevin Kruger, Amelia Parnell, and Alexis Wesaw, NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

“When College Students Need Food Pantries More Than Textbooks: Universities are discovering that keeping low-income students in school takes more than financial aid” (July 9, 2016)
Emily Deru, The Atlantic

“Eating Matters: Campus Hunger” (March 11, 2016)
Nate Smith-Tyge, College and University Food Bank Alliance,  

“Students Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Books and Food” (February 28, 2016)
Clare Cady, Chronicle of Higher Education

“College of Staten Island opens campus food pantry” (February 22, 2016)
Kristin F. Dalton, Staten Island Advance

“Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates” (December 2015)
Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Katharine Broton University of Wisconsin-Madison Daniel Eisenberg University of Michigan

“Food pantry for needy students opens at Nassau Community College” (November 7, 2015)
Candice Ferrette, New York Newsday

“As College Tuition Spikes, Soup Kitchens Are the New Cafeteria” (November 4, 2015)
Joseph Williams, TakePart

“How Many College Students Are Going Hungry?” (November 3, 2015)
Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education

“Columbia University unveils plan to feed students who can't afford to eat” (September 22, 2015)
Emma Miller, Columbia University