Food Resources

Food Benefits for NYC Public School Students

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. These temporary food benefits are to help cover the cost of meals children would otherwise would have received at school.

Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens by Borough

Over 200 pantries across NYC with addresses and opening times.

Kosher Meals

Kosher meal service is available in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

NYC Food Assistance Delivery

Individuals and families who can not receive food due to medical risk or who can not afford meal delivery as a result of the COVID-19 emergency can receive days of food delivery.

Community Kitchen in Harlem

All are welcome for community dinner on weekday evenings at NYC Food Bank Community Kitchen. No registration or ID required.

U.S. Food Banks by State

Find a food bank in your area in every state.

Plentiful: App for Pantries

Plentiful is a free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people they serve. Use Plentiful to find pantries and get the food you need, without waiting in line.

Halal Meals for Ramadan

Throughout Ramadan, DOE is increasing the number of Halal meals at 32 Grab and Go sites. In addition to the 32 receiving sites receiving this increase, all 400+ sites will continue to serve halal meals.

NYC Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

Get groceries from a food pantry, or a cooked meal from a community kitchen using the Food Map.

Hunger Free America  – Neighborhood Guides to Food Assistance

Users can learn how and where to access SNAP/Food Stamps, WIC, School and Summer Meals, senior meals, soup kitchens, and food pantries, and farmer’s markets that accept SNAP as payment.  Each guide also contains a map showing the locations of these sites.

NYC Food Policy Center

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is currently creating Coronavirus NYC Food Resource Guides for each NYC neighborhood.

Food Safety During the Coronavirus Crisis

Tips on how to safely handle and wash fruits and vegetables.

Food Pantries in Harlem

There are food pantries and soup kitchens located around Washington Heights and Harlem open at various times.

ASPCA Pet Food Pantry

The center will provide New York City dog and cat owners free access to crucial food and supplies, including kitty litter. To keep in line with social distancing guidelines, food and supplies will be available by appointment only. Pet owners should call the ASPCA Pet Food Distribution Helpline at (800)738-9437 for more information and to request an appointment.

City Meals on Wheels

Citymeals on Wheels is delivering meals to elderly home-bound New Yorkers.

NYC Get Food

GetFoodNYC is delivering food to the homes of qualifying individuals.

Expensify

The nonprofit Expensify will reimburse SNAP participants $50 after you use your EBT card for approved purchases and submit a receipt.

NYC Dept for the Aging

Provides in-home care for people age 60 and older. Call 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469)

God’s Love We Deliver

Delivers cooked and home-delivered nutritious, medically tailored meals for people too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Call 212-294-8100 or email clientservices@glwd.org.

Invisible Hands

A group of engaged volunteers offering free delivery of groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics. Call 732-639–1579 or email InvisibleHandsDeliver@gmail.com.

Manhattan Borough President

List of senior centers providing grab and go meals.

Food Bank NYC Community Kitchen

All are welcome for free meals on weekday evenings, no registration or ID required. NYC residents can search an online map to find a soup kitchen, food pantry, senior center, or SNAP enrollment site near them.

Snap Benefits

Families on SNAP benefits are eligible to receive assistance in purchasing essential goods for your family. Click the link for instructions for reimbursement of eligible purchases.

Free Grab and Go Meals

The DOE has extended their Grab and Go Meals to include adults (not just children under 18). Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. No one will be turned away.  Vegetarian and halal meals will also be available. 

NYC HRA Emergency Assistance Hotline: (866) 888-8777

The HRA is directing callers to local pantries and kitchens for emergency food assistance. There is no income guideline for emergency food.

Plentiful Food Bank App

Plentiful is a free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people they serve.

NYC Food Delivery Assistance

The City of New York is providing assistance to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves.

City Harvest Mobile Food Market

City Harvest delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, free of charge.

WIC Benefit Flexibility

All appointments, including applications and re-certifications may be completed by phone. WIC cards for new participants can be mailed. WIC members can have baby formula delivered free to all New York City boroughs by calling 718-405-9111.