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Food Resources


For emergency food assistance, call the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777 or call 311 for a list of food pick-up locations in your area.


For resources specific to New Jersey, see here.

The following is a list including both nationwide programs, and certain options only available for New York City residents:

NYC Food Delivery Assistance

  • The city is providing free food delivery for those New Yorkers who cannot access it themselves. Visit their website to learn more and apply.

NYC Department of Education

  • Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed by the Department of Education at more than 400 sites across the city for K-12 students. Find a location near you here. You can pick up all three meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one time, with no documentation required.

United Way

  • United Way helps New Yorkers who struggle to access nutritious and sufficient food. They have launched the Plentiful App, which is an app you can download to your IOS or Android device that can help you locate and contact food pantries in your area. See the segment below for more information on their other service areas.

Feeding America

  • Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the U.S. They have created a locator tool for food pantries and soup kitchens in your area. You can input your zip code and state and a list of resources near you will appear. You should always call the phone number before going to the food pantry to find out their hours and COVID-19 precautions.

Meals on Wheels 

  • Meals on Wheels is dedicated to providing nutritious food to older people. Find the site closest to you by using their website. They have both delivery and in-person services available.


​World Central Kitchen

  • World Central Kitchen distributes free meals to designated drop-off sites in the Bronx, Harlem, Queens, Brooklyn and Newark, New Jersey. Starting Tuesday, March 17th, they will work with city assemblymen and other organizations to distribute individually packaged meals for pick-up to local families and those in need. Please visit their website for pick-up times and locations in your area.

Catholic Charities

  • Catholic Charities operates four food pantries in the Bronx and Manhattan. See the locations and hours here.

The Met Council

  • The Met Council is providing crisis case management services over the phone, answering questions on Unemployment Insurance, Stimulus Checks, and food resources. Visit their website to schedule a call with a crisis case manager.

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