Help Food Bank For New York City Meet the Increased Need

During this COVID-19 pandemic, Food Bank is taking proactive steps to safely provide food and other resources for the New Yorkers who rely on us.  As our city’s leading hunger-relief organization, we stand prepared to provide emergency food to vulnerable New Yorkers who may be quarantined, along with those impacted by the economic downturn. Your gift today will help us keep meals on the table for the growing number of New Yorkers in need.

As a New York City essential service, Food Bank has continuity and prevention measures in place to keep our operations up and running.  Our warehouse is open and our fleet of trucks remains on the road, fast-tracking deliveries to our citywide network of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Need in Our City is Rising

Our city’s “new normal” of social distancing, shuttered businesses, lost wages, and closed schools has led to thousands more New Yorkers facing hunger. Low-income New Yorkers, families with school-aged children, and seniors at high-risk of infection are among those we see struggling most. According to a poll recently published by The New York Times, half of New York City residents are concerned about how they will afford food as this crisis continues. Amid this new reality, the number of people turning to our emergency food network has increased by 50%.

Food Bank is Responding

Food Bank has ramped up our operations to keep meals flowing to our highest-need communities. We’ve established Community Response Partners in each borough to serve as food and resource “hubs” within communities that have experienced closings of local soup kitchens and food pantries. We’ve partnered with these hubs to deploy new methods of food distribution, including Drive-Thru Pantry Bag Pick-ups, Seniors-Only Distribution Hours, and Home Deliveries. We’ve organized pop-up food distributions citywide to provide emergency food, fresh produce, and household supplies for vulnerable families. We’re also partnering with the NYC Health + Hospitals network to provide food and emergency grocery bags for more than 30,000 healthcare workers.

Responding to crisis is a team effort

Your continued support is needed now more than ever as we innovate new solutions where existing ones no longer fit.
See below for more ways you can help keep our mission running strong!

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Our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem is open for New Yorkers in need! We have to-go meals available Monday – Friday and take-home pantry bags available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Community Kitchen and Pantry in Harlem
252 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10026

Learn how you can apply for SNAP benefits (aka Food Stamps) HERE

Any New Yorker can also get three free meals a day at more than 400 New York City Department of Education Meal Hubs across the city. Click to find a location near you.

Search the map to find a soup kitchen or food pantry near you.

NOTE: hours and services are subject to change without notice. Be sure to call ahead to confirm.

  • To search this map, click this icon  on your desktop or mobile device.
  • A full screen version of the map will open.
  • Click the search icon  and enter your search terms (borough, organization name, etc) to find open providers.

Your support TODAY will help Food Bank meet our goal of providing 15 million meals over the next 90 days for our neighbors in need. Every $1 provides 5 meals.

To give by check, please send gifts to:

Food Bank For New York City
Attn: Development
39 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Please complete this donation form and include it when mailing your gift.

Another gift option is to make a donation of stocks and mutual funds. You can designate Food Bank For New York City as the beneficiary of your Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Excessive Life Insurance, IRA, and more. Talk to your financial adviser or learn more about this great way to fight hunger by contacting Matthew Honeycutt, Chief Development Officer at To get started, click the appropriate instruction form(s) below:

While Food Bank has temporarily suspended our onsite volunteer programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve developed new ways for our fellow New Yorkers to take action for our neighbors in need – right from where you are!

From making a donation, or starting an online fundraiser, to writing a letter of hope to a senior in need or a letter of gratitude to the NYC restaurant community – we even have ways to get your kids and teens involved! Take a look at all the opportunities below and we look forward to the impact you’ll make in this challenging time.

The passing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was an important first step in to addressing the needs of those experiencing economic hardship as the nation responds to Coronavirus, but Congress must take more action. Click below to urge your Member of Congress to TAKE ACTION that focuses on relief resources for low-income people across America.

We remind you to please continue to practice personal hygiene measures to avoid the spread of germs and limit possible exposure to the coronavirus:

  • If you feel sick, please stay home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if no soap and water is available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick to protect yourself, co-workers and others with whom you’re in contact.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

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Help us ensure that New Yorkers continue to have access much-needed meals amid the public health crisis impacting our city. Every $1 provides 5 meals!