Food assistance resources

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Free meals for all New Yorkers

11/14/2020 SNAP COVID-19 Information
Here’s an update on P-EBT. Keep your child’s P-EBT 2020 card, because the P-EBT benefits that were extended through September 2021 will be added to that card. P-EBT helps families cover the cost of meals that are normally served at school. Younger children who might have received meals at daycare centers that are closed or operating on reduced hours will also receive P-EBT cards, so look for an envelope with a card in it in the coming months (it’s not junk mail from a credit card company!). [Source: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's COVID newsletter 11/14/2020]

11/14/2020 Free Grab & Go meals are available at 259 schools, map of sites Students and their families can pick up meals during the school day, and the general public is welcome from 3 - 5pm.

6/23/2020 Grab & Go Meal Hubs at schools will continue operating on a summer schedule at 400 sites, weekdays from 7:30am - 1:30pm starting Monday (6/29/2020). Find the closest open Meal Hub at or text “NYC FOOD” or “NYC COMIDA” to 877-877.

4/3/2020 Free Grab and Go meals: 3 free meals will be available for ALL New Yorkers. Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30am to 11:30am, and for adults from 11:30am to 1:30pm. No one will be turned away at any time. Adults and children can pick up three meals at one time. Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites. No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises. Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children. No registration or ID required. Murray Hill location:  Manhattan Academy for Arts & Language, 111 East 33RD Street. Families can learn the location of the nearest meal hub by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 or visit website OR


Programming at several senior centers across the city will be suspended until further notice. For meals see free grab and go meals above. Also see food delivery below.

Food assistance

1/27/2021 The State extended a partnership with HelloFresh to deliver free meal kits to veterans and military families in New York. Since establishing this partnership in July 2020, HelloFresh has provided more than 200,000 nutritious meals to veterans and military families in New York City who are facing food insecurity due to COVID-19. 

5/24/2020 FoodHelp NYC locator map

4/11/2020 Key NYC food resources at or call 311 and say “Get Food”. The GetFoodNYC Emergency Food Delivery program provides meals to homebound New Yorkers and will continue to be managed by the NYC Dept. of Sanitation. To enroll, call 311 and mention “Get Food,” or visit, and click on “NYC Food Delivery Assistance.” Seniors who haven’t received meal deliveries or experienced other issues with the Emergency Food Delivery program should email

4/3/2020 SNAP online ordering: New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online. For more info visit

EaterNY has released A Guide to Restaurant Wholesalers Now Selling Groceries to the Public. While costs are usually higher for these high-end groceries, this may prove to be a solution for many Manhattan families

5/3/2020 New York will distribute $25 million to food banks across the state through the Nourish New York Initiative. This initiative is working to quickly reroute New York's surplus agricultural products to populations who need them most. (Source: Gov. Cuomo's email of 5/3/2020)

4/13/2020 the City will start transitioning home delivered senior meals into the GetFoodNYC program. Dial 311 to register.

4/17/2020 One Week of Free Groceries: The Department of Probation, Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) have opened five kitchens – one in each borough – to distribute free food, available to any New Yorker who needs it visit

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.

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.

Hunger Free America's Neighborhood Guides to food & assistance. Free food and assistance is available in New York City. Users can learn how and where to access SNAP/Food Stamps, WIC, School and Summer Meals, senior meals, soup kitchens and food pantries, and farmer's markets that accept SNAP as payment.

Food delivery

The City of New York is providing assistance to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves.

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. 

The City is now offering meal delivery for seniors. Meals will no longer be available for pick-up at senior centers. This service is available across all five boroughs. Seniors can sign up by contacting the nearest senior center or calling 212-AGING-NYC or 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 and donation opportunities

5/3/2020 Gov. Cuomo is asking philanthropies that would like to help the state's food banks to email

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

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is looking for volunteer callers to help update their 59 Coronavirus NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides These guides are essential to helping keep communities informed on everything from soup kitchens to farmers markets to available resources for families depending on the SNAP and WIC programs. If you are interested in volunteering, please email with the subject line: “Volunteer for Food Resource Guides.”

Food service delivery companies

Fresh Direct:



Amazon Fresh:


City Meals on Wheels: 212-687-1234

Invisible Hands: (free courier service for seniors/at risk community members)

Resources for food help




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