St. John's Cares about Your Basic Needs

As a Catholic and Vincentian university deeply concerned about the health and wellness of our students, St. John’s cares about your basic needs. We recognize that too many of our students struggle with not having reliable access to nutritionally adequate food due to lack of financial resources. As we continue to identify relevant and useful ways to address this need, we encourage any current students struggling with food insecurity to review the resources on this page.

Please note: The Dining Dollars Basic Needs Program is not currently available.


Food Resources

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.

Housing Resources

These resources offer support for college students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

Transportation Resources

Learn about reduced transportation costs for subway, bus and Access-a-Ride fares for eligible New York City residents.

Additional Information & Resources

Student Support Services (SSS)

Click here for information about the free services offered to eligible students and an application to apply to this program offered through the Division of Special and Opportunity Programs. 

Meals on Wheels

This nationwide program offers older Americans nutritious meals and safety checks at little to no cost. Click here for more information, including eligibility requirements.

Assistance with Internet Service

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program  designed to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information found here:

Are you a Non-NYC Resident?

Click here to find additional support near you.

Queens Campus

Jackie Lochrie, Acting Dean of Students
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Victoria Santangelo, Associate Vice President for University Ministry
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Melissa Angelides, Associate Director of Student Services, Law School
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Staten Island Campus

David Gachigo, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
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Tri Duong, C.M., Director of Campus Ministry, Staten Island
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