COVID-19 Updates and Resources

This page will be updated regularly given the rapidly changing situation on our campus, in New York City, and globally. Please visit our site regularly for updated hours, any location changes, disbursement drop-off information, and more! Follow us on social media for the most up-to-date information.


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Total Disbursements Since COVID-19 Pandemic (March 2020)

Temporary New Hours and Location


Tuesdays & Fridays
3 - 6 p.m. 
JJ's Place (lower level of John Jay Hall)


Recipient Disbursement Drop-off

In order to help more students in need while adhering to social distancing and shelter in place guidelines, The Food Pantry would like to roll out a drop-off service for our recipients. Our volunteers will pick up packed disbursements from the pantry and deliver it to our recipients. Since this is the first time we are offering such a service, the executive team is still working out the details of the program. Disbursement drop-offs will go into effect starting Monday, March 30th, 2020. Please fill out the form below to request a disbursement drop-off. You will receive an email from the pantry confirming further steps and details about your drop-off. 
Disbursement Drop-Off Request Form

Volunteer Disbursement Drop-off

As part of the new business model, we are moving to a drop-off service to better serve those in need. The initial premise is simple: volunteers pick up pre-packaged disbursements and deliver them to recipients in need. Ideally, volunteers will be matched with recipients who are within relatively close proximity of their own homes. The specific logistics will be worked out over the next few days; however, the more volunteers we have helping with this the better. Please note that, for confidentiality reasons, anyone who is not currently a volunteer will be asked to complete our Confidentiality Agreement before being added to this initiative. Please complete the form below to provide your information and availability.
Volunteer Disbursement Drop-Off Sign-Up Form

CDC Guidelines and other Resources

We would like to remind everyone to continue to follow health guidelines and recommendations set out by Columbia and CDC: 

  • Wash your hands regularly. 
  • Greet each other by bumping elbows instead of shaking hands, hugging or kissing. 
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks. 
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow. 
  • Avoid touching your face.

Here are some resources to continue following the rapidly changing situation with this novel coronavirus: 

Columbia University's COVID-19 page
CDC's COVID-19 page
WHO Coronavirus page
TWiV - a podcast hosted by Dr. Vincent Racaniello (virology professor at Columbia University)

Lastly, we would like to also remind students to try to maintain an environment free of bias and hostility towards other students or members of the community. Please check out this message from Joseph Greenwell, University Life’s Vice President for Student Affairs, on Coronavirus and Maintaining an Inclusive Community.

New York State Department of Health | COVID-19 Updates

Governor Cuomo announced the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

The 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows: 

  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes
Visit the NYS Department of Health Website for more up-to-date information.