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.
Updated on May 5, 2022
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. To find the hours of operation for locations near you, please call that location or email email@example.com
If you are an Emergency Food Program (EFP) interested in enrolling in the P-FRED program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the subject line “New Application.”
Updated on May 5, 2022
NYC Food Delivery Assistance During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you. As the City continues to recover and reopen, the COVID emergency food programs are transitioning to recovery programming.
-The maximum number of people the service will deliver to each household is 2.
-Each delivery will contain 9 meals per person, but no household will receive more than 18 meals per delivery
-All orders will be delivered within four days of the order date.
How to Sign Up
-Create an account here. Read and answer all the questions about your food request.
-Confirm your sign-up by email and proceed to answer qualifying questions.
-Enter your contact information, select your food order, and enter the delivery address.
An estimated first and last delivery date will be given.
Updated May 5, 2022.
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.
Updated on May 5, 2022
COMMUNITY FRIDGE LOCATOR
Community Fridges in NYC (news video)
Community Food Fridges are fridges that offer free food to whoever wants it. Take what you need, leave what you don’t. Set up and maintained by community members, many of the fridges are available 24/7. However, community members can take what they need from the fridges and give what they can to the fridges.
Locate your nearest fridge using this map locator.
If your volunteer group set up a community fridge, please fill out the survey to get your fridge on the map!
Map Created by Amber G., Astoria fridge organizer :). Updated 1-2X a week. For any questions/comments about the map, please email: email@example.com
HRA centers locations
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.
– Low income (income limit varies by household composition, elderly or disabled family members).
– Children and adults.
– US citizenship or refugee visa.
– Residency in New York state.
– Access an eligibility estimator tool at hungersolutionsny.org/snap-benefits-estimator.
|Family Size||Monthly Gross Income||Annual Gross Income|
|For each additional person, add||+ $568||+ $6,816|
SNAP Standards effective October 1, 2021. See income requirements for families with no earned income, and/or those who live with elderly or disabled family members visiting ny.gov/services/apply-snap
How to Apply
– Guide to apply for SNAP | Spanish guide to apply for SNAP
– Sign up at a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra or call (718) 557-1399
– You can call the HRA Infoline at (718) 557-1399 to have an application mailed to you
– You can pick up an application at a SNAP center. Find SNAP locations at nyc.gov/site/hra/locations/locations.page
– You can also print the application here, fill it out, and bring it to a SNAP center
– After your submit all of your documents online in the HRA portal, schedule an appointment by calling (718) 762-7669
– To learn how to upload documents in the HRA portal, please watch the video“HRA SNAP”
– Become certified 30-45 days after your application and start using your benefits
– Receive an EBT card that you will use at select stores, or Amazon
SNAP Cash Benefits
SNAP cash benefit varies per family. For households with net income, the monthly SNAP benefit will equal the maximum benefit for that household size minus the household’s expected contribution of 30 percent of its net income. Families who have no net income will receive the monthly maximum benefit. To learn more, see the handout about SNAP Eligibility and Maximum Benefit.
Approved Food and Products
– To see the list of approved foods and products you have access to with SNAP visit USA gov
– Examples are fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, breads and cereals, other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages, and seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.
Women, Infants, and Children NY (WIC)
800-522-5006 (Growing Up Hotline)
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) 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.
– Qualifying for benefits will depend on the family’s income and household size.
– To see if you qualify fill out the pre-screening tool on the NYC HRA site or see the table below.
– Otherwise, access the WANDA chat tool for questions about eligibility.
– Keep in mind that U.S. Citizenship is not necessary.
Effective through June 30, 2023
|For each additional
member, add +
The unborn child can be counted as a member of the household.
How to Apply
– Access the WANDA chat tool to get connected to your nearest WIC office. Just answer the questions popping up in the chat and get more information!
– Read the guide to apply for WIC | Spanish guide to apply for WIC
– Call your nearest WIC office and make an appointment. Find locations at signupwic.com
– Receive benefits in 2-5 days
– At your WIC appointment, you will receive an eWIC card that will work like a debit card. The WIC staff will add your benefits to your family’s eWIC account and you will get a list of your family’s WIC benefits for the next three months. This list will have a start and end date for your benefits.
Types of Food Allowed at the Supermarket
— Read the WIC Approved Foods and Products List to learn about the types of foods you can choose at WIC approved market sites. Also, feel free to check out this WIC Approved Foods Card.
— Baby formula is covered by WIC. See what brands can be purchased with WIC at health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/approved_formulas.htm
– Breast pumps can be covered by WIC. You will need a prescription order from your pediatrician
– To learn how to use your eWIC card, watch the “Shopping with eWIC” video. For other questions, access the FAQ file here.
Mujeres, Infantes, y Niños (WIC en inglés)
Agencias locales en signupwic.com/
800-522-5006 (Línea Directa de Growing Up Healthy)
El programa de asistencia alimentaria Mujeres, Infantes y Niños (o WIC por sus siglas en inglés) es un beneficio que brinda alimentos nutritivos, apoyo para la lactancia, asesoramiento nutricional, educación sobre la salud y referencias de atención médica para mujeres embarazadas, bebés y niños de hasta 5 años.
Para calificar los ingresos de la familia y el tamaño del hogar son tomados en cuenta.
– Comprueba si calificas, en la tabla debajo o accede a la herramienta de chat WANDA.
– Ten en cuenta que la ciudadanía estadounidense no es necesaria.
|Tamaño del Hogar||Anual||Mensual||Cada 2 Meses||Cada 2 Semanas||Semanalmente|
|Por cada miembro adicional, suma +||$8,732||+$728||+$364||+$336||+$168|
– Ubica una oficina WIC cerca de tu casa en la página signupwic.com y llama para hacer una cita de aplicación.
–Guía de aplicación para WIC en esta hoja informational | Agencias locales
– En tu cita con WIC, recibirás una tarjeta eWIC que funciona como una tarjeta de débito. A la cuenta familiar eWIC, los beneficios (dinero) serán agregados
– Tambien obtendrás una lista de los beneficios que recibirás durante los próximos tres meses con fechas de inicio y finalización para beneficios.
¿Estás interesado en saber qué tipos de alimentos puede comprar con eWIC? Encuentra una lista con alimentos y productos aprobados en WIC Strong.
Aprende más con el video “Comprar con eWIC”.
Updated on September 27, 2022
Text “SOGOOD” to 877-877 to locate farmers markets
Health Bucks are $2 coupons sponsored by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and they are redeemable at all NYC farmers markets for fresh fruits and vegetables. Families with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits get extra money. That means that for every time you spend $2 of your SNAP benefits, you will get a $2 coupons.
Where to Get Them
– Non-profit organizations in NYC or hospitals (e.g. Pediatrics Associates at the Mount Sinai Hospital)
– If your organization would like to purchase Health Bucks coupons, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Where to Use Them
Redeem Health Bucks at participating Farmers Markets. Find the nearest one by texting “SOGOOD” to 877877 or visit a816-healthpsi.nyc.gov/NYCHealthMap/home/ByServices?services=6.
Updated August 8, 2022
hungerfreeamerica.org/en-us/nyc | hungerfreeamerica.org/es/nyc
English (646) 355-1475 | Spanish (347) 599-1510
Mandarin/Cantonese (646) 935-3513 | Russian (332) 600-5425
938 Sheridan Ave Bronx, NY 10451 (open to the public again)
Hunger Free America (HFA) NYC helps connect people directly with resources to solve food insecurity, while also advocating for policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger.
Low-income New Yorkers.
HFA NYC assist low-income families in obtaining aid from public assistance programs like SNAP and WIC and connect families nationwide with private food resources. Programs are:
Benefit Access: Helps provide NYC residents with access to SNAP and WIC benefits
NYC Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance: The guide contains comprehensive information about where to go in your neighborhood for food help.
Food Action Board Program: They work with community members to develop their leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills.
COVID-19 Outreach: HFA conducts outreach to deliver information regarding vital food resources and the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure the health and safety of the NYC community.
How to apply
— To schedule an appointment with a Benefit Access team member, call 646-355-1475 to set up a free, confidential consultation.
— In this consultation, the agent will go over income eligibility requirements for SNAP and WIC, check to see if you qualify, and help gather the proper forms and information for the application.
— If a Benefit Access Specialist does not pick up, leave a message with your name, number, and the reason for your call.
Visit the Hunger Free America NYC location in-person at 938 Sheridan Ave Bronx, NY 10451.
To find free food resources near you, call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY (866-348-6479) or visit their online database for food pantries and soup kitchens near you. To download their neighborhood guide for food and assistance free of charge, visit this link.
Updated on May 5, 2022
Text “NYCFOOD” to 877-877 | Envía el texto “COMIDA” al 877-877
Find a Community Pick Up Site
During the summer, designated public schools, community pool centers, parks, and food trucks offers breakfast and lunch to anyone ages 18 years old and under. No registration, documentation, or ID is necessary to receive a free breakfast or lunch meal.
– Anyone ages 18 years old and under
– No need to be a student or New York resident
How to apply
– No registration or ID required
– Food cannot be eaten at premises
— Text “NYCFOOD” to 877-877 for locations near your home or
— Locate school on the following pdf document cdn-blob-prd.azureedge.net/prd-pws/docs/default-source/default-document-library/summer-311-reports.pdf
Dates & Times
Monday, June 28, 2022 – Friday, September 4, 2022
Designated Public Schools
Manhattan: Sara D. Roosevelt – Chrystie St & Forsythe St, NY, NY 10002
Manhattan: Holcombe Rucker – 280 W. 155th Street, NY, NY 10039
Queens: Rufus King Playground – 150-29 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY 11435
Updated on June 4, 2022
Call 718-405-9111 and ask for free baby formula. WIC members can have baby formula delivered FREE (prescription or non-prescription formulas) to all New York City boroughs. For special baby formula, please provide the name of the prescribed formula to the staff and they will verify with you if covered by WIC.
For WIC exempt formulas, your pediatrician will need to provide medical documentation to your WIC office. Your social worker may assist with this request.
See regular and special baby formulas covered by WIC at health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/approved_formulas.htm.
To find baby formula, the U.S. Department of Human Health & Services recommends reaching to the following resources:
— Gerber’s MyGerber Baby Expert: Visit www.gerber.com/mygerber-baby-expert and reach a certified nutrition or lactation consultant by phone, text, Facebook Messenger, web chat, or video call, who can help you identify a similar formula that may be more readily available
— Abbott’s Consumer Hotline: call 1-800-986-8540
— Abbott’s urgent product request line: ask your OBGYN or your infant’s pediatrician to submit an urgent product request by downloading and completing the form at abbottnutrition.com/metabolics
— Reckitt’s Customer Service line: call 1-800 BABY-123 (222-9123)
— Feeding America: Call 718-991-4300 to ask whether they have infant formula and other supplies in stock.
— Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA): certain HMBANA-accredited milk banks are distributing donated breast milk to mothers in need; please note that some may require a prescription from a medical professional. Find an HMBANA-accredited milk bank exit disclaimer icon.
Contact your local WIC office to identify or obtain additional sources of infant formula nearby. Find WIC approved vendors at nyswicvendors.com/find-a-wic-store.
Updated on May 17, 2022
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.
Updated on May 5, 2022
Learn about easy-to-make, nutritious, and cheap recipes with Fare Meals by Arielle. Arielle Kestenbaum, 28, is the founder of Fare Meals by Arielle, a free online platform offering families healthy, simple, and affordable meal solutions.
Also visit Fare Meals on Instagram and YouTube.
Updated on May 5, 2022