Supporting our students with their most basic and essential needs is vital to their success and wellbeing.

For additional information please contact Student Life at x4291 or

Hunger Free Task Force

The mission of the Hunger Free Task Force is to eradicate food insecurity within our Centenary community. The goals of the Hunger Free Task Force include raising awareness of the existing resources and support as well as increasing the opportunities for students to receive the support and necessary items. The members of the task force include:

  • Devon Vialva, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Director of Educational Opportunity Program,
  • Eunice Boyd, Assistant Director of EOP,
  • Kathy Greco, Coordinator of Community Engagement and Diversity Inclusion & Belonging,
  • Mikolaya Nynka, Director of Counseling Center,
  • Tim Nicinski, Chaplain, and Director of Campus Ministry,
  • Dr. Matthew Lavery, Director of Residence Life and Community Standards,
  • Kerry Mullins, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students,
  • Dr. Tara Veerman, Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology
  • Osaiybie Igiebor, Student of Centenary University

Food Pantry

  • The food pantry was created in 2019 as a means of providing food for members of the campus community.
  • The food pantry has been relocated to be more visible and accessible and currently is housed in the Student Activities Center wherein students can access it 24/7.
  • The pantry is supported by donations made through the campus community as well as the local churches.
  • The pantry is maintained by Student Life with the assistance of one of the Greek organizations.

Swipe Exchange

Centenary University students can donate or request meal swipes through a new program. Centenary has partnered with its food provider, Sodexo to develop programs to address the food insecurities on campus. In the first phase, Sodexo created a meal swipe bank for students experiencing food insecurity. Through this confidential program, students who self-identify as food insecure may request meal swipes per semester. These swipes can be used in the cafeteria or at the Starbucks on campus.

Process for request:

  • Requests for swipes may be made through the Dean of Students Office in Student Life. The request form uses USDA recommended food security questions to determine level of food security, in addition to demographic questions meant to collect data for the Centenary University Hunger Free Task Force.
  • After filling out the request form, students will meet with the Dean of Students or designee, who will review their request and help determine the number of meals the students need as well as discuss other resources and support available on the campus and in the local community.
  • The meals allotment will be uploaded onto a card for their ease and use.
  • Throughout it all the student’s respect for privacy is paramount and therefore all communications are kept anonymous.

Student meal donation:

  • Students can also donate up to a predetermined number of meal swipes from their own block meal plans.

Emergency Housing

For students in need of emergency housing, please contact Residence Life at X2402 or

Student Relief Funds

The student relief fund was created by the Staff Senate to assist enrolled students at Centenary experiencing an unanticipated financial hardship, which would interfere with the student’s ability to continue his/her education at Centenary University. Emergency funding is provided in the form of a one-time per year grant, and not required to be repaid.

Please see Student Relief Fund – Centenary University for more information.

Laptop Loaners

Laptops are available to borrow for a short-term loan. Laptops are due at closing time on the day borrowed. If you need one for a longer period, speak to the library staff, and we will try to work it out. There is no fee to borrow a laptop, but the late return of a laptop may incur a fine.

Please see Overview - Technology & Printing - LibGuides at Centenary University for more information.

Crisis/Support Programs

Cyclone Shuttle Schedule

Local Resources

SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

At Centenary University, the staff member designated to assist students with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is Devon Vialva. Devon is the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Director of the Educational Opportunity Program and can be contacted at or at 908-852-1400 x2176

The following local stores and business accept SNAP:
Walmart Supercenter
1885 State Route 57 Ste 100, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 979-9342
68 US Highway 46 W, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 452-9251
80-80 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-3511
2045 State Route 57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 850-8800
Quick Check
134 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown NJ 07840
299 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
85 Main St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840
1982 Route 57, Hackettstown NJ 07840

The Food Project sponsored by Project Self Sufficiency

The Food Project: Nourishing Our Neighbors at Project Self-Sufficiency makes nourishing, essential food available to Sussex and Warren County, NJ, individuals and families in times of financial hardship. Please see for more information.

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program available to no income or low-income families who are experiencing financial hardships. The program offers healthy food choices, community support, and nutrition education. Pregnant women, and post-partum women, as well as children up to five years old are eligible.

Please see: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) | Food and Nutrition Service for more information.

Basic Needs Resources

In collaboration with the New Jersey Office of Innovation, provides a directory of statewide resources for institutions to help meet their students’ most basic needs – from food and housing to childcare, transportation, and more.

Please see for more information.


Norwescap’s work throughout northwestern New Jersey empowers thousands of individuals and families to move away from the crisis of poverty, and towards a future where they can thrive.

Please see Norwescap for more information.

Local Food Pantry and Banks

Lords Pantry at Trinity Church
213 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-3020
Mount Olive Food Pantry
369 Sandshore Rd, Budd Lake, NJ
(908) 850-5477

The Feeding America Directory

Community Food Bank of New Jersey Directory

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NJ Transit

NJ TRANSIT is pleased to announce two major initiatives to welcome area college and university students back to campus and encourage their use of mass transit. Recently announced, NJ TRANSIT Student Pass is expanded to include degree-seeking part-time students enrolled for 2 classes or more through a pilot program. And, once again the “Buy 3 Months, Get 1 Free” promotion allows students to save up to 60% off transportation to campus for class during the Spring 2023 semester when compared to purchasing one-way transportation. To learn more about Student Pass and the promotional offer, please see the press release below and visit Or, click here to register.

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