A food pantry is a place that distributes free grocery items. They can be run by churches, nonprofits, or volunteer groups, and they all operate differently. We can help you find the best options near you! With nearly 1,000 locations in NYC, finding free food in your area is easy. Read more about visiting a pantry for the first time here.
Maybe you don’t need groceries–that’s okay too! There are plenty of places to get a free, hot meal, whether it’s a church around the corner, or a neighborhood volunteer. During COVID, most places are offering grab & go service, but they’ll often provide you with more than one meal when you visit. Ready-to-eat meals are waiting for you!
The government safety net is designed to support you in times like these. There are tons of public benefits to help with groceries, rent & utilities, baby items, and more. For example, 1.6 million New Yorkers use SNAP benefits: a monthly allowance you can use to buy groceries, just like any debit card. Learn more about applying for SNAP here.
For many vulnerable New Yorkers, going outside can be anywhere from risky to downright impossible. But everyone needs to eat. We can help you find grocery or meal delivery options in your community. There are certain eligibility requirements, but we can walk through all that together.