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Our Approach

To end hunger by organizing food, information and
support for community survival and dignity.

Food Bank For New York City has been working to end food poverty in our five boroughs since 1983. As the city’s largest hunger-relief organization, we employ a multifaceted approach centered on helping low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence.

Our Core Values


Our work begins and ends with our mission to end hunger, which we only achieve through partnering with our citywide member network.


We respect every gift of time, talent, and treasure to our mission by committing to a practice of transparency and excellence in stewardship.


We recognize that a strong, talented staff is central to our success and we invest in development and retention.



We embrace being a non-traditional anti-poverty organization because we recognize that strategic, innovative approaches are necessary to end hunger.

Many Paths to One Solution

Food Distribution

Our 90,000 sq.ft. warehouse allows us to collect, safely store, and efficiently distribute food to over 1,000 charities citywide.

Member Network

Our growing network of more than 1,000 charities and schools help us provide food for 62.5 million meals each year.

Income Support

Our free SNAP assistance and tax preparation services have helped return over $1 billion dollars to low income New Yorkers.

Nutrition Education

To counter the long-term effects of hunger, these programs empower more than 50,000 youths and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a budget and adopt a healthy lifestyles.


With the help of our citywide network, Food Bank develops hunger-relief policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts.

Direct Service

From our Community Kitchen & Pantry to our SNAP Outreach, Food Bank connects directly with our neighbors to address the symptoms and causes of food poverty.

At a Glance

Food Bank For New York City—an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization—meets the Better Business Bureau’s charity standards and is a proud member of Feeding America. Below are some of our most informative and commonly requested documents and reports. See all of our available publications and reports in our Research & Reports.
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Our Form 990
Consolidated Financial Audit
2020-2021 Annual Report
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Fighting More Than COVID-19
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