NYU Courtesy Meals

The Courtesy Meals program provides free, short-term food support to any enrolled student in need of emergency food assistance. Courtesy Meals are accepted at our NYC campus only. Courtesy Meals:

  • Provide a seventy-five dining dollars credit to a student's NYU ID.
  • Are provided free of charge to those who seek them.
  • Will not have an impact on a student's financial aid.

Courtesy Meals requests can be made at designated office locations in Washington Square and Brooklyn.  

Note: To receive Courtesy Meals, students must be:

  • Enrolled in the current semester at NYU-NYC

  • If on a meal plan, have exhausted both meals and dining dollars 

  • Have not reached the limit of three requests per academic year 

Students in need of emergency assistance beyond a third Courtesy Meals request in this academic year are referred to the Wellness Exchange or the Office of Financial Education where staff can provide appropriate guidance specific to each student's individual situation. At the Wellness Exchange, students can receive counseling support, and assistance with connecting to governmental resources such as SNAP benefits. At the Office of Financial Education, students will receive individualized coaching and review of their financial circumstances to support them in their navigation of financial choices and making informed fiscal decisions.

Dental Students seeking Courtesy Meals must speak with the Office of Student Affairs & Academic Support Services at the College of Dentistry in order to initiate their request. To schedule a Zoom meeting and submit your query, please contact Dr. Staci Ripkey, Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Academic Support Services, or Maya Ardon, Director for Student Affairs

Please be sure to review the most up to date hours of operation for NYU dining facilities.

We will continue to monitor the community and city’s public health landscape and adjust operations as needed to be in alignment with the University’s response. 

An Important Note on Isolation and Quarantine Meals: Courtesy Meals does not include a delivery arrangement, and cannot be used by students currently isolating or quarantining. New York City has options for those who are in need of food assistance during their isolation/quarantine:

Contact Us

If you are a student, staff, or faculty member, and have a question about the NYU Courtesy Meals program, email nyucourtesymeals@nyu.edu

SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded nutrition assistance program. Eligibility for SNAP benefits has been temporarily expanded for students as of January 2021. For more information on eligibility requirements and links to apply, visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service site