No Cost Meal Offerings

NYU Courtesy Meal Program: Provides free, short-term food support to any enrolled student in need of emergency food assistance year round. Visit the Courtesy Meal webpage for more information.

Swipe it Forward:  Created in cooperation with the Student Government Assembly (SGA), Swipe it Forward is a program that allows students to donate their unused meal swipes to other students toward the end of the semester. Upon donation, a voucher is placed in a bowl at the register. If a student needs a meal, they can obtain and redeem the voucher from a cashier upon check out. 

Low-cost and Value Programs

NYU Eats Deals: Affordable meals at NYU dining retail locations. E.g., $3 deals: (e.g. buffalo chicken snack wrap,  quesadilla or soup and fruit) and $5 deals: (e.g. grilled chicken sandwich & whole fruit or pasta with marinara and garlic bread).  Deals have been expanded and are now available on GrubHub. 

Bundle packages: NYU Eats promotes bundle packages and specials each week throughout the year through its social media, NYU EATS. These are usually associated with brand partners  (i.e., purchase a burger and fries and receive a complimentary beverage).

Ongoing Education and Outreach

Virtual/In Person Teaching Kitchens: Every month, NYU Eats conducts cooking classes that allow students to explore food, culinary, and nutrition literacy to positively impact their food choices. Simple recipes are used so students can prepare on their own. For upcoming dates visit the NYU Eats events webpage.

Free Nutritional Counseling Sessions: NYU Eats campus dietitian will offer sessions that counsel students on budgeting and grocery shopping, maximizing nutrient intake, special diets, disease management, etc. To learn more, email:

Wellness Videos: Address affordability, meal planning, and basic cooking skills. Topics include Protein Flip, Maximizing Flavor while Reducing Environmental Impact, DIY Grain Bowls, Reducing Food Waste, World Food Day, Plant-forward Low-Cost Cooking, etc. Videos can be found on the NYU Eats YouTube page.

Farmers Market: A selection of fresh produce is delivered to NYU by eight local farm partners in the New York area. Students can pay for a bag full of produce using a meal plan swipe, dining dollars or credit. For upcoming dates visit the NYU Eats events webpage.

Donations to the Local Community

City Harvest: NYU Dining schedules City Harvest to pick up unused food from dining locations.

Two Birds, One Stone: Donation of leftover food from various NYU Eats locations.  Each day leftovers are picked up by the student club members and delivered to a local shelter.