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https://map.thefoodpantries.org/

Welcome to TFP’s Food Connect Map. The map displays Food Pantries across New York State. The map is designed to align itself with the GPS coordinates of your PC.

https://www.capitalroots.org/veggie-mobile/

Fresh Produce for The Greater Capital Region

Capital Roots’ Veggie Mobile®, sponsored by CDPHP, is a mobile market that travels to inner-city neighborhoods throughout Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties. It’s been bringing a large variety of fresh, affordable and local produce  to residents with limited access to fresh food since 2007. Designed for energy efficiency, the box-truck runs on bio-diesel fuel and has been retro-fitted with solar panels, which power the market’s refrigerators.

The Veggie Mobile® operates year-round, five days a week. We make our produce available at wholesale cost and we happily accept cash, food stamps and Veggie Rx coupons. Our Veggie Mobile® team visits more than 30 locations, delivering fresh produce to the public, health and child-care centers, senior and low-income housing facilities. Find out when we’re visiting your neighborhood or listen for the lively music we play to announce our arrival.

https://www.cityharvest.org/food-map/

This map shows locations that are currently distributing food, free of charge, throughout NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic. Location sites include soup kitchens, food pantries, City Harvest Mobile Markets, City Harvest Community Partner Mobile Markets, Department of Education School Sites that are distributing grab-and-go meals, some restaurants that are offering free food distribution, and City Harvest Emergency Food Distribution Sites.

https://www.citymeals.org/

Citymeals on Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to our homebound elderly neighbors.

https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help/

Find the help you need, where you need it.

Search the map to find a soup kitchen, food pantry, senior center, or SNAP enrollment site near you. Find a free tax assistance site here. If you’re an individual looking to donate a small amount of food, the charities below will be happy to accept your donations. If you’re a food industry donor or have a large amount of food to give, learn more here.

https://www.foodbankst.org/find-food/

Search our list to find food near you.

The list below shows all distribution events for the month, in order by date. Click the <  > buttons to move to the next month’s schedule. Or click the “Calendar” tab above for another view.

Use the filters to list by County or specific program type, like Mobile Food Pantries, Pantry or Meal Site. Search by name for a specific location.

Call before you go: Program hours sometimes change. Holidays may affect these hours. We recommend calling the program directly to confirm hours and requirements.

When you visit a program you may receive food that is near or past the food container date. The foods are safe to eat.

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/contact/services/COVID-19FoodAssistance.shtml

GetFoodNYC: Free Food Locations

Get a map of food resources across the city:

  • Free food pantries
  • Grocery stores and farmer’s markets locations
  • Grab & go meals at NYC Schools, available for all children or adults in need..

https://plentifulapp.com/

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.

Plentiful is making it easy for hungry New Yorkers to locate pantries in their area using any smart phone to download the app or text, search and locate an emergency food provider, make a reservation, and easily pick up food at a scheduled time. This new technology is allowing pantries to better serve their clients, eliminating pen and paper tracking, providing instant communication with clients, helping decrease wait times from hours to minutes, and offering a communication tool for language barriers with the app being offered in nine different languages. Most importantly, Plentiful is helping New Yorkers access food with greater dignity. To date, Plentiful has reached more than 130,000 households in New York City—that’s about 25% of households that use emergency food services, and that number continues to grow.

https://www.rocklandhunger.org/find-food/

These are the current food pantries & meal programs in Rockland County NY.
To find one near you, enter your town or zip code in the SEARCH box below, to the right.
CALL FIRST to find out about special HOLIDAY FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS & to determine eligibility and confirm hours of operation.

https://www.thefoodpantries.org/home.html

The Food Pantries for the Capital District 

Together, we can do more! 

As a coalition of more than 65 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties we are here to help those in our community who need a hand.  In these unprecedented times, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is working diligently to ensure that our local food pantries are prepared in the face of circumstances that are devastating to our most vulnerable community members.  You can help!

Community Food Assistance Network_CFAN (pdf)

CFAN: Community Food Assistance Network

The Community Food Assistance Network (CFAN) is a unified effort between The Food Pantries for the Capital District, member pantries, and basic needs services. The goal of CFAN is to establish a streamlined referral network that connects people to services. We achieve this by serving as an entry point for referral services and by directing food assistance equitably and efficiently to our community. The CFAN referral system functions to improve the client experience, quality of life, and assist with food security. CFAN also facilitates information sharing, coordinates collective impact activities between stakeholders, and provides a cohesive forum for resource sharing, tools, and support to reduce food insecurity in the Capital District and with partners statewide

NYS-CFAN:
New York State Community Food Assistance Network

The New York State Community Food Assistance Network (NYS-CFAN) is a unified effort of community-based food assistance providers and partners to reduce food insecurity in New York state. NYS-CFAN convenes stakeholders across sectors, coordinates collective impact activities, provides a forum for information sharing, and develops a robust network to increase capacity and nutritious food supply to direct food assistance equitably and efficiently to our communities. We are a chorus of friends, neighbors, families, an entire community, and the community-based food assistance providers who help make sure all New Yorkers have access with dignity to high-quality nutritional food.

https://www.cityharvest.org

City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City. We do this through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.5 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 111 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase our partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers.

https://www.foodbankcny.org/

Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. We partner with 431 community partners in the counties of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence.

https://foodbankofhudsonvalley.org

The mission of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is to alleviate hunger and prevent food waste. We work toward this mission by ensuring that all products available for donation reach the Food Bank and are distributed judiciously to our member agencies; by practicing responsible stewardship; and by actively participating in the community to increase awareness of hunger and poverty.

The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

https://www.foodbanknyc.org/

To end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. Food Bank For New York City has been working to end food poverty in our five boroughs for over 36 years. As the city’s largest hunger-relief organization, we employ a multifaceted approach centered on helping low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence.

https://www.foodbankst.org/

Working together to build and sustain hunger-free communities throughout the Southern Tier.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is committed to creating a future without hunger where access to healthy food by all is recognized as fundamental to the well-being and success of individuals and the foundation of a strong, vibrant society

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/contact/services/COVID-19FoodAssistance.shtml

GetFOOD NYC

Covid-19 Emergency Food Distribution

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, New York City is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need.

FARMERS’ MARKET PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK STATE

https://agriculture.ny.gov/farmersmarkets

Supporting New York Farmers and Promoting Fresh, Healthy Food Statewide

In the past decade, the number of farmers’ markets in New York State has grown at a rapid rate, and new markets are created all the time. Today, New York has more than 400 farmers’ markets, 250 farm stands, and 10 mobile markets. The Department supports the state’s network of farmers’ markets through programs that expand sales, promote improved nutrition, and help increase consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. These programs enhance the many important economic, educational, and social benefits that farmers’ markets bring to their communities, like offering a marketplace for farmers to sell their products and providing healthy, local foods to consumers.

https://regionalfoodbank.net/

The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York. The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties. From Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in urban, rural, and suburban communities, the Food Bank provides over 55 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks.

https://www.rocklandhunger.org/

Rockland Community Against Hunger

is a collaboration of food pantries, meal programs and County agencies working together to do everything we can to make sure no one in Rockland County goes hungry.

Founded in 2011, Rockland Community Against Hunger, RCAH, is a collaborative of non-profits and government agencies working together to provide food to over 40 food pantries & meal programs in Rockland County, NY.

Since the pandemic, the RCAH Collaborative has recovered and distributed over 1.2 million pounds of good, nutritious food!

https://cookingmatters.org/

Cooking Matters is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. Our programs teach parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals.

https://www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyLatina

DAILY TIPS ON INSTAGRAM: HAPPYHEALTHYLATINA. Natural foods Chef. Holistic Health Coach. Food Alchemist: Recipes & Tips. Community Chef Just Foods NYC

https://jsyfruitveggies.org

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables is a nutrition education initiative designed to prevent overweight/obesity and reduce long term chronic disease risks through the promotion of increased fruit and vegetable consumption.

Using nutrition education workshops and food demonstrations, JSY works to ensure low-income families in New York eat nutritious foods, make the most of their food budgets, prepare foods in a safe manner, increase physical activity and drink healthier beverages. Each workshop provides practical nutrition information using USDA approved lesson plans, cooking demonstrations and recipes using fruits and vegetables.

https://www.leahspantry.org/product-category/cookbooks/downloadable/

In 2013, we gathered a group of African American women in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego to help us craft healthy and delicious recipes for the California Department of Public Health. We had so much fun that we found funding to develop a cookbook for people without access to full kitchens. In 2015, we worked with Iraqi and African community cooks to bring their flavors to a broader audience and integrate local produce into traditional recipes. In 2017, we worked with groups in California and Hawaii to develop recipes inspired by cuisines from Native American, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Leah’s Pantry is a California-based nonprofit committed to a vision of all people being nourished, regardless of socioeconomic status.  Our programs and products are designed to ensure all people have access to healthy food and feel competent preparing easy, nutritious meals for themselves and their families.  We approach our work through the lens of trauma and resilience, and believe that positive, nourishing food experiences can heal individuals, encourage healthy community norms, promote nutritional security, and support the realignment of broken food systems in low-income communities.

https://wellness.sfsu.edu/nutritionvideos

Preparing meals and snacks at home is an easy way to save money on food. It can also make it easier to include more nutritious foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein, which support a healthy body and mind. Follow along with HPW staff and student assistants as we show you how to prepare some of our favorite recipes step by step! Then, check out our healthy recipes page for more simple and budget-friendly recipes options that you can try on your own.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2YLkwu3YENq7mhpUVcHSDZRY09xy0vuT

Cooking and nutrition videos from the United Way of NYC Community Chefs.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBccton6gOdrIKFFh-M9mf8VkPEV2ZVr_

Start Simple with MyPlate

The benefits of healthy eating add up over time, bite by bite. Small changes matter. Start Simple with MyPlate.

A healthy eating routine is important at every stage of life and can have positive effects that add up over time. It’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy and fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients. Make every bite count.

https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/shopping-cooking-and-meal-planning/recipe-collection

Cook up something new in your kitchen with these collections of healthy, delicious recipes. Find more recipes on Nutrition.gov’s searchable Recipes page!

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https://broomecouncil.net/chow/

The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW®) is a network of food pantries located in Broome County with the goal of making emergency food available to people requiring short-term assistance.

https://www.capitalroots.org/

Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs.

The heart and history of Capital Roots is their Community Gardens. Founded in 1975 as a way to bring the benefits of growing your own food to Capital Region inner cities, they now operate over 55 gardens in 4 counties.

https://www.chn.org

The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.

The Coalition’s members include civil rights, religious, labor, and professional organizations, service providers and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

https://www.concernedforthehungry.org/

Helping to Provide Food to Families in Schenectady County

Concerned for the Hungry, Inc. is an entirely volunteer organization working to fight hunger in Schenectady County. CFH was started by a small group of individuals in 1979. It began with the realization that the need for emergency food was growing. After 42 years, CFH remains a leading force in providing essential food services and support throughout Schenectady County.

https://hungercenter.org

Founded in 1993 by a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, we are a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the principle that access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food is a basic human right. We develop, inspire, and connect leaders in the movement to end hunger, and advocate for public policies that will create a food secure world.

https://www.feedingamerica.org/

The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Together with individuals, charities, businesses and government we can end hunger.

https://www.focuschurches.net/

For more than 50 years, FOCUS has created a community called to be a collective voice – and a helping hand – for those in need.  FOCUS serves hungry bodies and souls through its feeding programs.  The Breakfast Club provides more than 18,000 meals year round and helps connect guests with much-needed services such as housing.  The Interfaith Food Pantry located at Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Food Pantry at First Church in Albany offer emergency food supplies to families and individuals.  And with each meal FOCUS serves a helping of hospitality.  ​FOCUS also gives voice to critical issues of hunger and homelessness and joins with other organizations to raise awareness of the impacts and needs of those living in poverty.

Our Mission: FOCUS IS SIX COVENANT CHURCHES, FOUR FAITH AFFILIATES, AND TWO FAITH PARTNERS, DOING TOGETHER WHAT WE CANNOT DO ALONE.  UNITED IN A COMMON CALLING TO RESPOND TO OUR NEIGHBOR’S NEEDS IN THE CITY OF ALBANY AND BEYOND, AS GOD’S SERVANT PEOPLE IN A BROKEN AND HURTING WORLD.  ​

https://frac.org/

FRAC improves the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions.

https://www.grownyc.org/

Our mission is to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

GrowNYC was originally created in 1970 as the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC). Born out of the spirit of the first Earth Day, CENYC was initially a policy-based organization, writing comprehensive reports about quality of life issues like air quality, traffic, and noise. Our city has changed a lot since then and so have we. As the largest and most established environmental organization in NYC, we are proud to have played a pivotal role in helping New York City transform over the past five decades. Today 3 million New Yorkers each year participate in our programs.

We envision a New York in which every New Yorker can flourish. Every garden. Every school. Every street. Every neighborhood. Every borough.

https://www.otsegohunger.com/

Helping local food pantries address challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.hungerfreeamerica.org/en-us/

Hunger Free America is a nonpartisan, national nonprofit group working to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

We are both a direct service and advocacy organization — with each component strengthening the other. As a direct service provider, we assist low-income families obtain aid from government programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — formerly called the Food Stamp program — and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) so that people struggling to pay their bills have access to nutritious food.

We also connect families nationwide with private food resources. Because our staff works daily on the front lines of hunger, and because we empower low-income people to speak out on their own behalf, that makes us one of the nation’s most effective advocates for improved economic and public policies.

https://hungersolutionsny.org/

Hunger Solutions New York is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger.

We are dedicated to alleviating hunger in New York.

We strive to maximize participation in, and support for, federally funded nutrition assistance programs like SNAP, the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs, the Summer Food Service Program, WIC, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

https://www.justfood.org/

At Just Food, we work passionately to shift the power, health, and wealth of historically marginalized communities that have been purposely divested from by developing community-driven solutions to inequities within the New York regional food system. We catalyze action and create change through our learner-centered trainings, annual conferences, and vibrant network of small- to mid-scale regional farmers.

https://www.laborreligion.org/

The Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State unites faith, labor, and community in a statewide movement for social, racial, and economic justice, grounded in our deeply held moral and democratic values.

We envision a New York in which:

  • All residents are guaranteed adequate food, housing, healthcare, and a safe environment

  • All New Yorkers have access to quality public education and living wage jobs, the right to organize in the workplace, and the right to equal pay for equal work

  • All have equal protection under the law, regardless of race, religious belief, country of origin, immigration status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Our Principles:

  • We seek to build a broad and diverse movement in New York State, crossing lines of race, religion, class, geography, and gender.

  • We frame and critique policy through our deeply held moral, spiritual, and political values.

  • We seek to lift up the voices of people directly affected by poverty, inequality, and unjust policies and build power among poor and working New Yorkers to assert and defend their rights.

  • We are non-partisan, promoting a morally grounded policy agenda, but not particular parties, candidates or elected officials.

https://www.nyscommunityaction.org/

NYSCAA was created in 1987 to provide New York State Community Action Agencies with information, professional development, and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of agencies to serve as effective, responsive community resources.

OUR MISSION:

The New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA) strengthens the capacity of the Community Action network to address the causes and conditions of poverty.

https://www.nyscoc.org/

We provide tools for community organizing and legislative actions for faith-based organizations.

New York State Council of Churches is comprised of eight partner Denominations which are detailed on our Member Denominations page. Each denomination sends representation to our Executive Committee and provides financial support. Other denominations which are members of the National Council of Churches may also have representation to the Council.

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a direct cry from the underside of history: The Poor People’s Campaign.

Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this unfinished work. From Alaska to Arkansas, the Bronx to the border, people are coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We understand that as a nation we are at a critical juncture — that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people.

https://www.soulfirefarm.org

We use Afro-indigenous agroforestry, silvopasture, wildcrafting, polyculture, and spiritual farming practices to regenerate 80 acres of mountainside land, producing fruits, plant medicine, pasture-raised livestock, honey, mushrooms, vegetables, and preserves for community provisioning, with the majority of the harvest provided to people living under food apartheid and targeted by state violence. Our ancestral farming practices increase topsoil depth, sequester soil carbon, and increase biodiversity. The buildings on the farm are hand-constructed, using local wood, adobe, straw bales, solar heat, and reclaimed materials.

Through our “Afro-Indigenous Farming” immersion and workshops we annually equip hundreds of adults and youth with the land-based skills needed to reclaim leadership as farmers and food justice organizers in their communities, to heal their relationship with earth, and to imagine bolder futures. Using land as a tool to heal from racial trauma, we work to reverse the dangerously low percentage of farms being owned and operated by people of color and increase the leadership of people of color in the food justice movement. Our graduates receive ongoing mentorship to access resources, land, and training and are invited to join our speakers collective so they can amplify their voice in the food system.

We are mobilizing the public to create a racially just food system. We collaborate with regional and national food justice networks to advance reparations, establish action platforms, and work on campaigns for farmer survival and dignity. Each year, we inspire thousands of community members though speaking at conferences, publishing articles/book chapters, and facilitating workshops for activists to share tangible methods for dismantling racism in the food system and increasing community food sovereignty. We also host on-farm educational and community-building events for hundreds of participants and organize with our sibling farms in Haiti and Puerto Rico.

http://www.trinityalliancealbany.org

Our Mission

“To provide services to the community that will support and promote healthy families, adults and children.  Our agency is dedicated to improving the neighborhood as a setting for family life, contributing to health and well-being, and promoting education and employment as a means of self-development.”

Our Vision

“Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region will be recognized for its influential and preeminent role in providing integrated service leadership to the community.  In doing so, Trinity Alliance will strive towards responsible growth, sustainability and becoming the community voice for improving quality of life.”

https://www.unitedwaygcr.org/

United Way of the Greater Capital Region (UWGCR) is a local organization that brings individuals and groups together in a community wide effort to help people.​

United, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the Greater Capital Region. To drive positive change, UWGCR evaluates our community’s diverse needs, mobilizes the caring power of the community, and directs resources to the areas that will have the most positive impact.​

We’re on a mission to build a stronger more resilient Capital Region – a region where all children have the opportunity to learn and thrive, where families are financially secure, and where people can live their lives to the fullest because they have the good health to do so – today and for generations to come.​

Change doesn’t happen alone. With you by our side, United, we know we can make this vision a reality. ​

To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

https://unitedwaynyc.org/

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income New Yorkers make ends meet and lead self-sufficient lives. Working in the poorest communities we ensure that individuals and families are never one paycheck away from hunger or homelessness, that children can dare to dream and build a future for themselves, and that cross-sector partners can collaborate to provide the resources and infrastructure necessary to support community needs.

We believe that when all New Yorkers have a fair chance to succeed, our City succeeds too.

https://www.wscah.org/

West Side Campaign Against Hunger is on a mission to alleviate hunger by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access with dignity to a choice of healthy food and supportive services.

Food insecurity is pervasive in NYC, affecting people in every borough.

At WSCAH, we’ve pioneered a model that invites our customers to choose food from an array of healthy options. Fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy.

We believe that all people, regardless of income, should have access to the same quality options available in any supermarket, for free.

https://www.workerscny.org/en/home/

The Workers’ Center of Central New York is a grassroots organization focused on workplace and economic justice.

The Workers’ Center facilitates worker empowerment and leadership development through trainings related to workers’ rights and occupational health and safety, orchestrates campaigns to combat wage theft and to promote employer compliance with the law, and engages in organizing and coalition-building to push for policies that will increase wages and workplace standards and promote human rights.

https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers. CACFP also provides reimbursements for meals served to children and youth participating in afterschool care programs, children residing in emergency shelters, and adults over the age of 60 or living with a disability and enrolled in day care facilities. CACFP contributes to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children and adults in the United States.

https://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

https://www.fns.usda.gov/sbp/school-breakfast-program

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides reimbursement to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the SBP at the federal level. State education agencies administer the SBP at the state level, and local school food authorities operate the program in schools.

https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

https://otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.

https://www.usda.gov

We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.

We have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation’s natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

https://www.cbpp.org

We are a nonpartisan research and policy institute. We pursue federal and state policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways. We apply our deep expertise in budget and tax issues and in programs and policies that help low-income people, in order to help inform debates and achieve better policy outcomes.

https://agriculture.ny.gov/council-hunger-and-food-policy

The New York State Council on Hunger and Food Policy convenes to provide state policymakers with expertise on how to address hunger and improve access to healthy, locally-grown food for New York State residents.

The Council was established in 2016 to expand on New York State’s existing programs to provide food assistance for New Yorkers in need, and to establish a permanent focus on fighting hunger in the state. Chaired by Commissioner Ball, the Council works across various state agencies and sectors, identifying new policies and programs to improve access to healthy, locally grown food across New York State. It also helps to strengthen ties and cooperation between programs addressing hunger and those who produce and supply food. The Council consists of a diverse group of members who represent state and municipal agencies, academia, nonprofit organizations, and agricultural industries.

http://site.foodshare.org/site/PageServer?pagename=institute

The Institute serves as a resource for the charitable food system by providing strategies for holistic solutions to hunger.

The Institute develops innovative and evidence-based programs that promote health and long-term solutions to hunger. We research different approaches to identify what works. We provide trainings and services so that others can implement best practices within the charitable food network.

Over the next three years, the Institute will:

  • Increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable populations to reduce health disparities.
  • Address root causes of hunger to increase economic stability and self-sufficiency.
  • Identify best practices to reduce food insecurity through research and evaluation.
  • Promote a paradigm shift from charitable food as an emergency response, to a holistic, person-centered approach as a long-term solution to hunger.

We are pleased to work with food banks and community partners on a consulting basis, and we have flexible fee structures based on the type of trainings and programming you are interested in. We can work with you to develop a consulting plan and budget to meet your needs.

https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/

The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center develops intersectoral, innovative and evidence-based solutions to prevent diet-related diseases and promote food security in New York City and other urban centers. The Center works with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development. Through interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, evaluation and education, we leverage the expertise and passion of the students, faculty and staff of Hunter College. The Center aims to make New York City a model for smart, fair food policy.

https://www.unitedforalice.org

United For ALICE is a driver of innovation, shining a light on the challenges ALICE households face and seeking collaborative solutions. Through a standardized methodology that assesses the cost of living in every county, this project provides a comprehensive look at financial hardship across the United States.

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/1404007.Breadlines_Knee_Deep_In_Wheat

Breadlines Knee Deep In Wheat: Food Assistance In The Great Depression
by Janet Poppendieck
Hardcover
Originally Published January 1st 1986 by Rutgers University Press
Revised and Expanded April 2014 by University of California Press

At no time during the Great Depression was the contradiction between agriculture surplus and widespread hunger more wrenchingly graphic than in the government’s attempt to raise pork prices through the mass slaughter of millions of “unripe” little pigs. This contradiction was widely perceived as a “paradox.” In fact, as Janet Poppendieck makes clear in this newly expanded and updated volume, it was a normal, predictable working of an economic system rendered extreme by the Depression. The notion of paradox, however, captured the imagination of the public and policy makers, and it was to this definition of the problem that surplus commodities distribution programs in the Hoover and Roosevelt administrations were addressed.

This book explains in readable narrative how the New Deal food assistance effort, originally conceived as a relief measure for poor people, became a program designed to raise the incomes of commercial farmers. In a broader sense, the book explains how the New Deal years were formative for food assistance in subsequent administrations; it also examines the performance–or lack of performance–of subsequent in-kind relief programs.

Beginning with a brief survey of the history of the American farmer before the depression and the impact of the Depression on farmers, the author describes the development of Hoover assistance programs and the events at the end of that administration that shaped the “historical moment” seized by the early New Deal. Poppendieck goes on to analyze the food assistance policies and programs of the Roosevelt years, the particular series of events that culminated in the decision to purchase surplus agriculture products and distribute them to the poor, the institutionalization of this approach, the results achieved, and the interest groups formed. The book also looks at the takeover of food assistance by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its gradual adaptation for use as a tool in the maintenance of farm income. Utilizing a wide variety of official and unofficial sources, the author reveals with unusual clarity the evolution from a policy directly responsive to the poor to a policy serving mainly democratic needs.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54303464-ending-hunger

Ending Hunger: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It
by Anthony Warner
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Oneworld Publications

Nutritionists tell you to eat more fish. Environmentalists tell you to eat less fish. Apparently they are both right. It’s the same thing with almonds, or quinoa, or a hundred other foods. But is it really incumbent on us as individuals to resolve this looming global catastrophe?

From plastic packaging to soil depletion to flatulent cows, we are bombarded with information about the perils of our food system. Drawing on years of experience within the food industry, Anthony Warner invites us to reconsider what we think we know. In Ending Hunger, he uncovers the parallels between eating locally and 1930s fascism, promotes the potential for good in genetic modification and dispels the assumption that population growth is at the heart of our planetary woes.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-qGVp7__TkXb5z_-V6C2cQ

Food Tank is a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We aim to educate, inspire, advocate, and create change.

https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520269880/free-for-all

Free for All: Fixing School Food in America
By Janet Poppendieck
Paperback, 368 pg
Published January 10, 2011 by University of California Press

How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and Tater Tots for lunch? Taking us on an eye-opening journey into the nation’s school kitchens, this superbly researched book is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States. Janet Poppendieck explores the deep politics of food provision from multiple perspectives–history, policy, nutrition, environmental sustainability, taste, and more. How did we get into the absurd situation in which nutritionally regulated meals compete with fast food items and snack foods loaded with sugar, salt, and fat? What is the nutritional profile of the federal meals? How well are they reaching students who need them? Opening a window onto our culture as a whole, Poppendieck reveals the forces–the financial troubles of schools, the commercialization of childhood, the reliance on market models–that are determining how lunch is served. She concludes with a sweeping vision for change: fresh, healthy food for all children as a regular part of their school day.

https://goodfoodorgguide.com

The James Beard Foundation, Food Tank, and Valrhona, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the “Good Food Org Guide.”

This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice.

Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service.

https://heritageradionetwork.org/

Heritage Radio Network (HRN) is a nonprofit podcast network dedicated to creating a more equitable, sustainable, and delicious world by expanding the way eaters think about food. We do this through creative, educational reporting and storytelling. Founded in 2009 by Patrick Martins and inspired by the Slow Food Movement, since its inception HRN has been a platform for thought-provoking conversations about the real issues affecting the global food supply. There are many stories that never reach mainstream food media and that’s where HRN is different: our listeners hear from voices across the food chain– farmers, truckers, chefs, cheesemakers, cookbook authors, activists and more!

http://tupress.temple.edu/book/0131

Ordinary Poverty: A Little Food and Cold Storage
by William DiFazio
Paperback, 220 pg
Published December 5, 2006 by Temple University Press

At St. John’s Bread and Life, a soup kitchen in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, over a thousand people line up for food five days a week. In this trenchant and groundbreaking work, author Bill DiFazio breathes life into the stories of the poor who have, in the wake of welfare reform and neoliberal retreats from the caring state, now become a permanent part of our everyday life. No longer is poverty a “war” to be won, as DiFazio laments. In a mixture of storytelling and analysis, DiFazio takes the reader through the years before and after welfare reform to show how poverty has become “ordinary,” a fact of life to millions of Americans and to the thousands of social workers, volunteers and everyday citizens who still think poverty ought to be eradicated. Arguing that only a true program of living wages, rather than permanent employment, is the solution to poverty, DiFazio also argues a case for a true poor people’s movement that links the interests of all social movements with the interests of ending poverty.

https://www.katiesmartin.com/newbook

Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries: New Tools to End Hunger
by Katie S. Martin
280 pages
Published March 9, 2021 by Island Press

In the US, there is a wide-ranging network of at least 370 food banks, and more than 60,000 hunger-relief organizations such as food pantries and meal programs. These groups provide billions of meals a year to people in need. And yet hunger still affects one in nine Americans. What are we doing wrong?

In Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries, Katie Martin argues that if handing out more and more food was the answer, we would have solved the problem of hunger decades ago. Martin instead presents a new model for charitable food, one where success is measured not by pounds of food distributed but by lives changed. The key is to focus on the root causes of hunger. When we shift our attention to strategies that build empathy, equity, and political will, we can implement real solutions.

Martin shares those solutions in a warm, engaging style, with simple steps that anyone working or volunteering at a food bank or pantry can take today. Some are short-term strategies to create a more dignified experience for food pantry clients: providing client choice, where individuals select their own food, or redesigning a waiting room with better seating and a designated greeter. Some are longer-term: increasing the supply of healthy food, offering job training programs, or connecting clients to other social services. And some are big picture: joining the fight for living wages and a stronger social safety net.

These strategies are illustrated through inspiring success stories and backed up by scientific research. Throughout, readers will find a wealth of proven ideas to make their charitable food organizations more empathetic and more effective. As Martin writes, it takes more than food to end hunger. Picking up this insightful, lively book is a great first step.

https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/category/blog/

We’re on the road to end hunger, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Goal #2 of Zero Hunger. From the implementation of sustainable community development projects to our meal packaging program that harnesses the passion of local volunteers, we strive to make an impact on hunger by building resilience, self-sufficiency and empowerment in communities worldwide.

https://www.uocnyc.org/blog

There are many organizations that extend basic services to low-income New Yorkers, but the Urban Outreach Center strives in all that we do to be the premier location for the most vulnerable populations in New York City.

We believe our city and our neighborhoods thrive when we work collaboratively with low-income people, immigrants, and women – particularly women of color – to ensure access to material necessities for all, build supportive networks and relationships, and advocate for a more just, equitable, and inclusive New York City.

Since our founding in 1990, the UOCNYC continues to champion healthy food, clothing, hygiene essentials, and the breadth of social services necessary to support the full worth and dignity of all people.

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Publisher: Penguin
Published on: Jun 21, 2016
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781101608487
Language: English
Genres: History / Social History; History / United States / General; Social Science / Social Classes & Economic Disparity

The New York Times bestseller
A New York Times Notable and Critics’ Top Book of 2016
Longlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
One of NPR’s 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On
NPR’s Book Concierge Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
San Francisco Chronicle’s Best of 2016: 100 recommended books
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016
Globe & Mail 100 Best of 2016

“Formidable and truth-dealing . . . necessary.” —The New York Times

“This eye-opening investigation into our country’s entrenched social hierarchy is acutely relevant.” —O Magazine

In her groundbreaking  bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing—if occasionally entertaining—poor white trash.

“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win,” says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg.

The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today’s hillbillies. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds.

Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics–-a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ’s Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.
 
We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation’s history. With Isenberg’s landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.