Food/ Nutrition/ Breastfeeding

Federal Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Website with information on how to apply for WIC benefits and programs. For local WIC office in New York call (800) 522-5006

City of New York

Family guide website on getting help with nutrition programs such as WIC, food stamps, and reduced price school meals (breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks) as well as meals in the summer. Call 311

Council on the Environment of New York City (Greenmarkets)

Sponsor of the city’s Greenmarkets which bring fresh fruits, vegetables, and other fresh items straight from the farm to New Yorkers. Site contains a map of all Greenmarkets in the city, including the Mount Sinai one at Madison Avenue and 99th Street, which is held from July through November on Fridays from 8-5.

Food Bank NYC

An organization that services community food programs throughout the city. Their website has a searchable agency directory of food pantries and soup kitchens.

For emergency food help, call (866) NYC-FOOD. English, Spanish and Russian; press 8 for Food and Hunger Hotline.

Food Help Hotline

For referrals to food pantries and soup kitchens all over the city, call (866) 888-8777.

State of New York – Department of Health

Department of Health nutrition home page with information on WIC, farmer’s market programs, and community nutrition programs. Hotline provides confidential information and referral 24/7 in English and Spanish.
(800) 522-5006

New York State Childhood Obesity Prevention Program

website contains information on community-based programs aimed at preventing overweight/obesity.

Community Kitchen of West Harlem

Operates a daily 4-6 pm dinner program at no cost. Families can also pick up prepared food to take home for their children. Also operates Culinary Training Program which trains people for entry-level positions in the food service industry. An Entitlements Clinic assists people with their income taxes, eviction prevention and other issues related to housing. Located at 252 West 116th Street.

Community League of the Heights

This community based organization offers a food pantry serving 1000 families per month; open daily from 1-3 pm. 500 West 159th Street, New York, NY 10032; (212) 795-4779.

Food Program Locator

Enter your zip code to find convenient food assistance in your neighborhood. More than 1000 programs in the five boroughs are listed.

Good Shepherd Church

108 Cooper Street (take A train to 207th St); Sat. 9-10:30. Bring ID. (212) 567-1300.