Food assistance resources

Sunday, March 29, 2020

School children

Grab & Go meals are available for children at every school from 7:30am-1pm. They are available at any school, so go to the one you live closest to! Check locations at  or

The Department of Education (DOE) is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children. Families can learn the location of the nearest meal hub by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 or visit website


Programming at several senior centers across the city will be suspended until further notice. If you are seeking a hot meal, select senior centers will still be offering take-home meals. Contact Council Member Keith Powers's office at 212-818-0580 for further information. 

3/20/2020 Senior Center Grab and Go meal distribution list
Stein Senior Center from 10am-11am, 204 E 23rd Street, Phone: +1 646 395 8083. Dept. for the Aging (DFTA) recommends contacting the centers directly before going to the center to confirm timing and availability of Grab and Go meals.

Food assistance

3/24/2020, FreshDirect is partnering with local organizations and businesses to give away 2,000 boxes of shelf-stable food daily across the five boroughs to those who need it. To take advantage of these food packages, visit your borough president's website for pickup locations.

Emergency food resources.

Food banks. If you are struggling with food insecurity or would like to volunteer at a site email Council Member Carlina Rivera's office at

Find a soup kitchen or food pantry near you

Interactive map for finding soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, or SNAP enrollment sites.

The nonprofit will reimburse SNAP participants $50 after they use their EBT card for approved purchases and submit a receipt. They are allocating these funds to help families in need purchase essential groceries during the COVID-19 outbreak. There's no "catch" and the money is directly deposited into the participant's bank account. Visit for more information.

Food delivery

The City has created the GetFoodNYC food delivery program to provide food for coronavirus (COVID-19)-vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs. Sign up here or call 311. 

NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal Established by the TLC. The City will be hiring drivers from the hired-car community to deliver food to homebound New Yorkers in need. 

Volunteer opportunities

Council Member Keith Powers's office is monitoring volunteer opportunities for organizations who need support. You are encouraged to exercise an abundance of caution, Citymeals on Wheels, God’s Love We Deliver, and other emergency food organizations have informed his office that they are looking for assistance. If you would like to get involved, please reach out to his office at

Senior services are considered essential and some centers may need assistance from volunteers in providing these critical meals to clients. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's office at

Food Bank is calling for volunteers to help prepare food, pack, etc.

Donate NYC's food portal is designed for organizations and businesses only. Individual residents wishing to donate their own excess food may search donateNYC’s online map to find locations throughout the city. For more information please review the food portal training videos or email



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