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.
Watch the video “HRA SNAP”, to learn about the program.
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. Keep in mind that U.S. Citizenship is not necessary.
How to Apply
Guide to apply for WIC | Spanish guide to apply for WIC
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 dates for your benefits.
Types of Food & Shopping 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.
To learn more about how to use your eWIC card watch the “Shopping with eWIC” video.
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.
Click here for more information.
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.
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.
How much food can you get and when?
-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 you can 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 February 21, 2021.
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.
Fare Meals Website
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.
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.
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
For a list of vetted pantries, click on your borough.
Informational handouts have been updated with current open pantries during COVID-19.
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.
Text “NYCFOOD” to 877-877 | Envía el texto “COMIDA” al 877-877
Find a Community Pick Up Site
Sites for free Grab & Go meals are changing starting Monday, and hours will be 3-5pm starting on Tuesday, September 27. Check the website for the most updated information.
-Meals are not available to the general public at any other time
-No registration or ID required
-Multiple meals can be picked up at once
NYC Student Take-Out Meals Starts 9/29/2020
–Free Breakfast and Lunch meals are available for all NYC Students
–Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm
–No registration, ID, or documentation required
–No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises
–Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
Find a take-out location here.
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.