​Emergency Support and Resources

Hunter College is dedicated to the health, wellness and safety of our student body. The following resources are open and available to all currently enrolled students; if they are relevant to your situation, we urge you to make use of them.

Food Pantry–The Purple Apron

In order to support our students, the Division of Student Affairs provides one bag of groceries that will accommodate about four meals free of charge via the Purple Apron food pantry. Bags will be distributed at the Brookdale Campus, main lobby floor.  The Purple Apron is open to all currently enrolled Hunter students.

Hours of Operation

The Purple Apron is open each Wednesday and Saturday during the following hours:

  • 11:30–3:30 pm – Open to Hunter students who are not residents of the Brookdale Campus.
  • 1:30–3:30 pm – Open to all students.

Students are eligible to receive a bag of groceries twice per week, if needed. Please bring your own reusable bag, if possible.

No sign-up required. Walk-ins welcome. Hunter ID is required for entry.

Emergency Funding

Through the Petrie Foundation, Undergraduate Student Government, and the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students is able to provide financial assistance if you have short-term financial emergencies to enable you to remain in school. Emergencies include, but are not limited to, loss of employment, death in the family, homelessness, fire in the home, evictions, medical issues, or inability to keep up with daily living expenses.


  • You must be enrolled in classes for the semester you are requesting funding.
  • You must have a current FAFSA on file. (undocumented students are exempt from this requirement)
  • You must be in good academic standing (above 2.0 GPA for Undergraduates – above 3.0 GPA for Graduate Students)
  • You must not have an outstanding debt with the college.
  • Grant is for personal use and therefore cannot be used to pay tuition.

For more information, please complete this form →

Food Cards

The Division of Student Affairs provides food cards redeemable at some local supermarkets for student use.  The cards may only be used to purchase food items at the following vendors:

  • Western Beef
  • Key Foods
  • Food Emporium
  • Food Universe
  • Food Dynasty
  • Superfresh

For more information, please complete this form →

Fresh Food Box Program

Hunter College has partnered with GrowNYCthe sustainability resource for New Yorkers– to provide the Fresh Food Box Program. The Fresh Food Box Program at Hunter College is a food access initiative that enables under-served communities to purchase fresh, healthy, and primarily regionally-grown produce, well below traditional retail prices. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available to all students, staff and faculty for just $14 a week!

How to Participate

  • Sign-up during distribution hours (3:45–5:45 pm) at the 3rd Floor Counter, North Building
  • Pay $14 in cash for next week’s share
  • Return the following week to pick up your share containing 10-15 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce

Delivery/Pick-Up Information

  • Day: Each Thursday (Unless the campus is closed)
  • Time: 3:45–5:45 pm
  • Location: 3rd Floor Counter, North Building

Food Box Vouchers

Vouchers will be made available on a limited basis to students in need to fully cover the cost of a fresh produce box via the Fresh Food Box program. The vouchers are paid through Petrie Foundation and Hunter’s S&W Foundation grants addressing food insecurity. If you are a student in need, we encourage you to sign-up to receive a Food Box Voucher here.

Due to high demand, vouchers may be temporarily unavailable; however, you may sign-up to be placed on the wait-list. Students who have been placed on the wait-list will be notified when vouchers are made available.

Bottomless Closet

Hunter College has partnered with the non-profit organization Bottomless Closet, who aims to serve disadvantaged New York City women who are in need of assistance in securing a job. Through our partnership, female Hunter students who have a pending job or internship interview but do not have access to professional clothing, can obtain a full interview outfit, free of charge.

For more information, please complete this form →

DACA/TPS Renewals

Hunter College will pay the $495.00 application fee directly to the Department of Homeland Security to cover the cost of DACA and TPS renewals; this resource is only available for currently enrolled Hunter students.

For more information, please complete this form →

Legal Immigration Consultations

Through our partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!, Hunter connects students in need of legal immigration consultation with an immigration lawyer, free of cost.

For more information, please complete this form →