Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families of children eligible for free or reduced-price lunch in NYC’s in public schools and private schools are eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits. The total benefit amount is $420 for each eligible child.
This payment represents the value of school meals for the period of time from March when the schools closed until the end of the school year on June 26th. Payments will be issued for each eligible school-aged child between the ages of 5 to 18 living in the household. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is issuing these payments.
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To help connect community members in need with food resources during this challenging time, the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has created and is continuously updating the Coronavirus NYC Food Resource Guides for each NYC neighborhood.
Each resource guide (by borough and district) includes information related to food access within the community, such as meals for students and seniors during this time, delivery services for people with disabilities, and resources for immigrants.
For a list of vetted pantries, click on your borough.
Informational handouts have been updated with current open pantries during COVID-19.
For referrals to emergency food pantries and soup kitchens all over the city, call the Emergency Food Line (866) 888-8777 or visit the Food Help NYC locator here. You’ll be provided with hours of operation and directions to the nearest food pantries and community kitchens.
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.
Download the Android app in Google Play or text “FOOD” to PANTRY (726-879) from any phone.
Find a Pantry
Search by location, amenities, or service times.
From three minutes to three months in advance, for all your preferred pantries.
Get Food Faster
Show up when it’s your turn and avoid waiting in line.
New York Common Pantry has many programs to lower hunger and food insecurity. Choice Pantry provides fresh food pantry packages. Hot Meals serves breakfast and dinner. Nourish provides food to seniors aged 60 and older. Help 365 helps pantry visitors with information and application to housing and benefit programs.
For more information click on this handout.
(Spanish)For more information click on this handout.
LSA Advocacy and Food Pantry
333 East 115th Street
The LSA food pantry serves East Harlem residents living in ZIP codes 10029 and 10035 with client-choice food that is healthy and fresh.
The food pantry distributes food every Wednesday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm by appointment only. Please, note that the pantry will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. without a break. Visitors will need to live in ZIP codes 10029 or 10035, provide an ID, and bring proof of residence for all family members.
To pre-register, please visit https://bit.ly/2XeYaiv. Once you pre-register, a staff member will reach out to confirm your information.
Donna’s guide is a list of places that offer free breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Make sure to look at the addresses that are under the day of the week that you plan to get the meals. Locations change depending on the day.
Click the link Donna’s Guide Free Sit Down Meals in Manhattan for the list of addresses for free sit down meals in Manhattan.
WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a short-term food assistance program that provides nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health education, and health care referrals to pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 5. U.S. Citizenship is not necessary.
To see if you qualify for WIC benefits fill out the pre-screening tool on the NYC HRA site.
Find a guide on how to apply for WIC below.
Guide to apply for WIC | Spanish guide to apply for WIC
To find a list with approved foods and products you have access to with WIC visit WIC Strong.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that helps families, the elderly, and the disabled afford fresh and healthy food. SNAP provides a debit card that you can use at many groceries and farmers markets.
Guide to apply for SNAP | Spanish guide to apply for SNAP
To find out about the list of approved foods and products you have access to with SNAP visit USA gov.
Single Stop is a safe space that will support you and your family’s needs. There are free programs to help you buy fresh groceries, help you with your taxes, and help you care for your children.
Use the Single Stop online benefit screener to find out what benefit programs you are eligible for.