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Find Free Food In New York CityLemontree is here to help you find the best food pantry near you. Food pantries and food banks are a great place to find groceries if you need some help. Many of these locations can help you find food as quickly as today. Whether it’s a church around the corner or a mobile food pantry, the places below should help. In addition, you should consider applying for SNAP (food stamps) if you don’t already get government assistance.
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Commonpoint Queens Jack and Shirley Silver Hub

    18 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Pre-order Required: Now, everyone needs to order before coming in. Order Deadline: You can order by 2:00 PM on Mondays or Tuesdays to pick up on Wednesday after 10:30 AM. Or you can order by 2:00 PM on Wednesdays or Thursdays to pick up on Friday after 10:30 AM. Pickup on Assigned Date: It's important to come on the day we tell you. If you don't, we'll give your order to another family who needs it. How to Order: Call (718)-268-5057 or text 201-464-0685] with your name and phone number. Pickup Date: When you call, we'll tell you when you can come pick up your order.

    • Requirements

      • Proof of address required
      • ID required
      • Call in advance for services
      • Appointments required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Clients can visit: Once a month

    Schedule

    • Tomorrow

      10:30 am–2:00 pm

    • Next Wednesday

      10:30 am–2:00 pm

    • Fri, May 31st (next week)

      10:30 am–2:00 pm

    • 10:30 am–2:00 pm

      every week on Wednesday, Friday

    Map of Commonpoint Queens Jack and Shirley Silver Hub

    Location

    77-17 Queens Boulevard

    Elmhurst, NY 11373

    directions
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    SNAP/EBT

    Public Health Solutions

    18 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Their counselors will help you find out if you qualify for SNAP, gather required documents, and submit your application. They will also provide referrals to other programs you may need, like WIC and health insurance.

    Call to get started with SNAP enrollment over the phone. You may have to leave a voicemail, but someone will call you back within 48 hours. Find the number for your borough below:

    • Bronx and Manhattan: 646-584-1553
    • Brooklyn: 646-819-2451 For Spanish: Jose 646-793-0841/ Rosemary 646-399-4822 (For Kings County Hospital SNAP services, call 646-771-5620)
    • Queens: 646-942-2431
    • Staten Island: 929-270-2181

    You can also fill out their request form online, and someone will get back to you: https://www.healthsolutions.org/find-services/

    Schedule

    • Today

      8:30 am–4:00 pm

    • Tomorrow

      8:30 am–4:00 pm

    • Next Monday

      8:30 am–4:00 pm

    • 8:30 am–4:00 pm

      every week on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Thursday, Wednesday

    Map of Public Health Solutions

    Location

    40 Worth Street

    New York, NY 10013

    directions
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    SNAP/EBT

    Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) Benefits Hotline

    average user rating


    Info

    NMIC’s benefits team can help you with more than 40 different public benefits, including SNAP, housing issues, and more. Open hours vary depending on benefits requested, so check website for details: https://www.nmic.org/covid-19-services/.

    Call our Benefits Hotline (929) 415 – 8745 on Mondays from 10 AM – 2 PM, or email Dale Reyes at dalereyes@nmic.org with any questions.

    Schedule

    • Today

      9:00 am–4:00 pm

      • Walk-ins accepted
    • Next Monday

      10:00 am–2:00 pm

    • Next Tuesday

      9:00 am–4:00 pm

      • Walk-ins accepted
    • 10:00 am–2:00 pm

      every week on Monday

    • 9:00 am–4:00 pm

      every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Map of Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) Benefits Hotline

    Location

    45 Wadsworth Avenue

    New York, NY 10033

    directions

    Contact

    (929) 415-8745

    https://www.nmic.org/benefits/

  5. How do I get food?

    You can receive food by visiting the food pantry or soup kitchen when it’s open. Make sure to check each resource page to see details like address, full schedule, and requirements.

  6. Can someone deliver the food to my house?

    Delivery services are very limited and are reserved for senior citizens or those with serious medical problems. If you believe you fall into either category, let us know and we may be able to help you find options in New York City.

  7. What do I have to bring?

    Every location is different! Please review the details included on each resource to see whether you need to bring any documentation like ID or proof of address, or supplies like bags to carry the food. If you don’t see any information on the resource, you don’t have to bring anything!

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    Food pantry (groceries), Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals)

    Corona SDA Church

    1 hour 19 minutes

    average wait time


    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Next Sunday

      Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

    • Next Monday

      Food pantry (groceries): 9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Sun, June 2nd (in 2 weeks)

      Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

    • Food pantry (groceries): 9:00 am–12:00 pm

      every week on Monday

    • Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

      every week on Sunday

    Map of Corona SDA Church

    Location

    35-30 103rd St

    New York, NY 11368

    directions

    Contact

    (718) 651-4534

    https://www.coronasdachurch.org

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Elmcor Youth and Adult Services Inc.

    57 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Must bring own bags/cart
      • Register on PLENTIFUL app
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Next Wednesday

      10:00 am–3:00 pm

    • Wed, June 5th (in 2 weeks)

      10:00 am–3:00 pm

    • Wed, June 12th (in 3 weeks)

      10:00 am–3:00 pm

    • 10:00 am–3:00 pm

      every week on Wednesday

    Map of Elmcor Youth and Adult Services Inc.

    Location

    33-16 108 Street

    Corona, NY 11368

    directions

    Contact

    (718) 651-0096

    www.elmcor.org

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Heavenly Vision Christian Center

    28 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Get a number/ticket
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      9:00 am–10:30 am

    • Tue, June 4th (in 2 weeks)

      9:00 am–10:30 am

    • Tue, June 11th (in 3 weeks)

      9:00 am–10:30 am

    • 9:00 am–10:30 am

      every week on Tuesday

    Map of Heavenly Vision Christian Center

    Location

    2868 Jerome Ave

    New York, NY 10468

    directions

    Contact

    (718) 220-8124

    https://heavenlyvision.org/

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Stacey's Pantry

    17 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • Make an appointment on Friday at 11am or Saturday at 9 am
    • Text 917-533-1679 for appointments for Fri & Sat
    • Closed Easter weekend
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Diapers upon availability

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      9:00 am–10:00 am

      • Walk-ins accepted
    • Sat, June 1st (next week)

      9:00 am–10:00 am

      • Walk-ins accepted
    • Sat, June 8th (in 2 weeks)

      9:00 am–10:00 am

      • Walk-ins accepted
    • 9:00 am–10:00 am

      every week on Saturday

    Map of Stacey's Pantry

    Location

    49-48 91st Place

    Elmhurst, NY 11373

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    BREAD OF LIFE FOOD PANTRY

    58 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Distribution is every other saturday , Starting this week 13th april

    • Requirements

      • Bring ID and proof of residence
      • Registration required on site
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Clothing may be available

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      12:00 pm–2:30 pm

    • Sat, June 8th (in 2 weeks)

      12:00 pm–2:30 pm

    • Sat, June 22nd (in 4 weeks)

      12:00 pm–2:30 pm

    • 12:00 pm–2:30 pm

      every 2 weeks on Saturday

    Map of BREAD OF LIFE FOOD PANTRY

    Location

    1104 Elder Ave

    Bronx, NY 10472

    directions

    Contact

    (914) 315-7060

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    St. Mark AME Church/VOH Food Pantry

    1 hour 10 minutes

    average wait time


    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
    • Info

      • ID preferred, but not required

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      10:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Tue, June 4th (in 2 weeks)

      10:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Tue, June 11th (in 3 weeks)

      10:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • 10:00 am

      every week on Tuesday

    Map of St. Mark AME Church/VOH Food Pantry

    Location

    95-18 Northern Blvd.

    Jackson Heights, NY 11372

    directions

    Contact

    (718) 899-3306

    https://stmarkamenyc.org/

  14. Do I need an appointment?

    Every location is different! Some places in New York City accept appointments, some require it, and others allow walk-ins. Please review all details on the resource page to understand how you should prepare for your visit.

  15. What kind of food do they have?

    Food pantries offer grocery-style items such as canned food, fresh produce, and dry goods like pasta or rice that you can cook yourself. Soup kitchens offer ready-to-eat items like hot meals or sandwiches. All of these locations may have different options on different days, so it is hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day.

  16. Do they have vegetables?

    Pantries may have different options at different times, so it is hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day. Most pantries in New York City do give out some form of vegetables, but they may be canned items.

  17. Do they have meat?

    Pantries may have different options on different days, so it’s hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day.

  18. Any pantries open today?

    If you’ve signed up for personalized assistance through our text message helpline, please take a look at the links we’ve sent you! If none of the resources we’ve sent are open today, let us know and we can search for additional options. Here’s a list of everything in New York City that’s open today: Public Health Solutions, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) Benefits Hotline

  19. Where are you located?

    Because our work is mostly virtual, the Lemontree team works remotely, and we don’t have an office in New York City for in-person visits. You can always reach us by texting 90847 between 10am-6pm, every day of the week.