From Procurement to Meals
Food Bank For New York City is unique in that we not only collect and distribute food to our network of more than 1,000 community-based member programs, we also have the capacity to store and warehouse food on a large scale for regular scheduled deliveries. The variety and amount of food Food Bank provides — including fresh produce and food for special dietary needs — allows programs to plan balanced nutritious meals for the people who receive the food we distribute.
Learn more below about how the Food Bank helps get needed food to New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs:
The Start of the Process: Procuring Food
Food Bank solicits fresh and non-perishable food — including produce, meat and fish — as well as non-food items such as cleaning and sanitary products from wholesalers, retailers, food brokers, food distributors, food industries, Feeding America, government agencies, local farms and individuals. In order to ensure the highest nutritional value our food, Food Bank's staff nutritionist assists in the procurement process. Learn more about where our food comes from.
90,000 Square Feet of Storage
Food Bank stores food in our 90,000-square-foot warehouse, including a freezer and refrigerator for perishable products, in the Hunt's Point Food Co-op in the Bronx — the largest wholesale food distribution center in the world. At the warehouse's repack room, volunteer groups regularly break down bulk containers of 500 pounds or more, then sort and repack food into boxes suitable for delivery to soup kitchens and food pantries.
Where Our Food Goes
Every day, 8 to 10 tractor-trailers leave Food Bank's warehouse to deliver food to our network of more than 1,000 community-based member programs throughout the five boroughs. Our network of member organizations include soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, low-income daycare centers, after-school and summer programs, Open Market BackPack Programs and senior, youth, rehabilitation and outreach centers. Learn more about where our food goes.
Getting Food to Those Who Need It
Approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers across the five boroughs rely on emergency food. Approximately 3 million New Yorkers report difficulty affording food for themselves and their families. Thanks to the efforts of Food Bank and our network of programs, these New Yorkers — largely comprised of women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities — are able to receive the food they need. In order to help New Yorkers find programs where they can receive assistance, Food Bank offers an online Food Program Locator that provides program locations, contact information and meal service schedules. Learn more about the groups most at risk of hunger in New York City.
Help us provide more food for New Yorkers in need. For each dollar donated, the Food Bank can help provide five free meals. Donate today!