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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 Mission

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

Our Core Values


We steward the assets and resources that are entrusted to us with dignity, purpose, and care.


We believe that teamwork makes the dream work and endeavor to celebrate our colleagues through every success and failure.


We measure our impact with data, case studies, and interviews to make sure we’re doing the most good that we can for our fellow New Yorkers.


We value honesty and make it a priority to regularly share information about our work with our donors, volunteers, supporters, clients, and colleagues.


We proudly admit that we don’t know it all – we are lifelong learners dedicated to bettering ourselves every day.


We are here because we love to serve our neighbors and are committed to fighting hunger for ALL of us.

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.
The Next Hunger Cliff Report Cover Page
The Next Hunger Cliff: Food Assistance in NYC Faces Safety Net Crisis
Cover_Form 990
Our Form 990
Consolidated Financial Audit
2021 Annual Report
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