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York C.A.R.E.S. - College Access for Retention and Economic Success

York C.A.R.E.S.

York C.A.R.E.S. (College Access for Retention and Economic Success) connects students with resources, referrals, and local community services to overcome socio-economic barriers, stay in school, and graduate.

The program provides resources for daily living expenses, including food, healthcare, rent, utilities, childcare, emergency transportation, and more! All of our services are free for York College students and their immediate family members.


  • Emergency Grant Funding
  • SNAP Eligibility & Enrollment
  • Food Pantry
  • Wellness Counseling
  • Financial Workshops

Public Benefits

Email  to apply virtually for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), also known as food stamps, to help determine eligibility and apply. If you qualify, we will assist you with completing applications, give you all the information you will need about necessary documents, and make sure you are as prepared as possible for a successful outcome.

Food Pantry 

Assistance is available for those experiencing food insecurity.  Our pantry program, a Food Bank of New York City member agency, provides fresh produce, frozen items, and a variety of shelf-stable and canned items. Email for more information or to place an order.

Wellness Counseling

Carroll and Milton Petrie Emergency Grant

The York College’s Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Fund seeks to assist eligible students coping with unexpected hardship, so that they may continue their education at York College and become financially aware and responsible for their continued education. Visit the Petrie Fund Application page for more information.