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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..


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.


Meals and Services in Harlem

Our Community Kitchen has served the Harlem community since 1984. We provide more than 100,000 free meals each month through our soup kitchen, food pantry and senior program. Our team includes professional chefs, community nutritionists, program administrators and caring volunteers ensuring healthy meals, comprehensive services and accessibly care for families and individuals needing it most.


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.


CAMBA’s Pantry operates on a client-choice/supermarket-style system, where clients choose individual food items rather than receiving pre-packed bags, as they would at traditional pantries. Clients also receive vegetables and fruits from nearby farms in NY State.

The Pantry distributes a three-day supply of nutritional food. This is critical to maintain a healthy diet, particularly for the elderly and community members struggling financially. Pantry clients include current CAMBA clients, those referred by other agencies and organizations, and other community members in need..


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP.


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.


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

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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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


Through our Mobile Markets®, City Harvest delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, free of charge, to thousands of New Yorkers each month.

Community members gather in farmers’ market settings, where they receive fresh produce and participate in cooking demonstrations to learn how to make healthy meals. Our community health partners also offer free wellness programs, such as blood pressure screenings. We also partner with other non-profit organizations, including Brighter Bites, Harlem Children’s Zone, and the YWCA in Queens to create bi-monthly food distributions at sites that are fully operated by members of the community they serve.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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