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by Jonathan Chin

last updated: December 8 2022

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has partnered with Share MealsHunger Free AmericaBetaNYC and Plentiful to compile the most current and accurate data for these resource guides, which are CONTINUALLY UPDATED.

THE RESOURCE GUIDES ARE MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A COMMUNITY-WIDE EFFORT. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY CHANGES OR UPDATES TO THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL info@nycfoodpolicy.org. THANK YOU!

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NYC Food Resource Guide: test null

Below is a resource guide with the following information: meals for children, meals for seniors, retail food stores and their delivery/benefits policies, local food pantries and soup kitchens, resources for homeless people, resources for immigrant populations and resources for people with disabilities.

The Center has also included citywide organizations and additional resources for New Yorkers, which are applicable to community members outside of test null as well. If you have family, friends or co-workers in other neighborhoods, please refer to our website where we have published additional reports. Please always call the listed organizations before visiting to get the latest information about their services, as many are changing daily. 

If you or someone you know has additional questions or is facing hunger or food insecurity please contact us at info@nycfoodpolicy.org or call the following organizations:

  • USDA National Hunger Hotline (Hunger Free America): 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (para español)
  • Text the USDA National Hunger Hotline at  914-415-6617 with a question containing the words food, summer, or meals for resources near you.
  • HRA’s Emergency Food Hotline: 866-888-8777
  • Shelter or Temporary Housing Assistance: 3-1-1

test null Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is collaborating with Plentiful: a completely free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries and the people they serve. Through their database, the information below is constantly updated with the latest opening hours and/or changes.

  • Flatbush Community Fund
    Status: Open

  • Metro World Child - Mobile
    Status: Open

Meals for Seniors (60-years-old and above)

  • Additional Meal Delivery (see local list below for meal delivery providers)
    • Meal delivery services work on a case-by-case basis and may offer breakfast, lunch and/or dinner depending on the case.
    • Citymeals on Wheels delivers meals to seniors meeting the following criteria:
      • Must be 60 years of age or older
      • Must be unable to prepare nutritious meals or have no one to do so for you
      • Must be able to live safely at home if services are provided to you
      • Must be physically or mentally incapacitated and in need of some assistance
      • Even if you receive home care or Medicaid, you are still eligible to get meals if the home care worker cannot prepare a meal to fit your dietary or religious restrictions, or if he or she is designated to assist only with other tasks.
      • Click this link and enter your zip code at the bottom of the page to sign up, or call the organization at 212-687-1234.
    • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) at NYC Health + Hospitals / Kings County:
      • The New York State Department of Health's Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) offers free, nutritious foods to seniors aged 60 years of age and older.
      • Provides a free supplemental food package, once a month, to Senior citizens 60 years and older. Packages may include: cheese, canned vegetables and fruits, canned meats and fish, breakfast cereals, UHT and nonfat dry milk, fruit juices, rice, spaghetti, macaroni, whole grain rotini, peanut butter, dried beans.
      • Who Can Apply for CSFP:
        • Seniors 60 years of age or older
        • To be eligible, applicants must have an income that falls within the CSFP guidelines established by the federal government, and be a resident of New York State.
      • *How Do I Apply for CSFP: *To apply for the CSFP Program, please call a CSFP local agency provider nearest you for application information. Once each month you or your proxy will pick up your food at a convenient food distribution site. The CSFP local agency providers are listed below:
        • Locations:
          • New York Common Pantry: 423-438 E 138th St, Bronx, NY 10454
            • (917) 982-2564
          • Food Bank for New York City
            • (212) 566-7855
          • Kings County Hospital Center: 91-29 143rd St, Jamaica, NY 11435
            • (718) 523-2220
    • GoGoGrandparent
      • Allows use of Lyft or Uber without a smartphone.
      • Step 1: Register for GoGo by clicking here or by calling 1 (855) 464-6872.
      • Step 2: CALL 1 (855) 464-6872 and wait to hear: “Thanks for calling GoGo”
      • Step 3:
        • PRESS 1 to immediately request a Lyft or Uber to your home.
        • PRESS 2 to request a Lyft or Uber to where we dropped you off last.
        • PRESS 3, 4 or 5 to request a Lyft or Uber to a custom pick up location (once you’re registered please give us a call to set these up).
        • PRESS 6 to request a Lyft or Uber with an operator.
        • PRESS 7 to request meals delivered from local restaurants near you, by delivery services like DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.
        • PRESS 8 to request groceries delivered from local supermarkets, by services like Instacart, Postmates, Shipt, and more.
        • PRESS 0 to speak with an operator about scheduling requests in advance or anything else.
    • GoGoGourmet: Meals delivered to the door of your home (855) 754-5328
    • GoGoGroceries: Groceries, delivered to the door of your home (855) 222-4919
  • PLEASE SCROLL DOWN to the section “Citywide Non-Profit Organizations Offering Food Delivery and/or Mobile Markets” FOR MORE MEAL DELIVERY OPTIONS

Special Supermarket Shopping Hours for Seniors Only

  • Aldi
    • Some Aldi stores have adjusted their opening hours of operation to 8:30AM daily. The first hour is still reserved for seniors, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
    • See Store Finder Here for the nearest Aldi
  • BJs Wholesale Club
  • Dollar General
    • First hour of opening for senior shopping only.
    • See Store Finder Here for the nearest Dollar General
  • Target
    • First shopping hour on Tuesdays is reserved for seniors and those with underlying health conditions.
    • See Store Finder Here for the nearest Target

Supermarkets, Delis, Bodegas & Retail Food Stores (Offering Delivery)

This list below includes all retail food stores within the neighborhood from the New York State Retail Food Store Open Data and a Google Maps Places API search with keyword search terms “bakery, convenience store, deli, food, grocery, supermarket.” 

  • For delivery services such as DoorDashInstacartFreshDirectGrubHubPeapodPostmates,  Shiptdelivery.com, SeamlessYelp and UberEats, an email address and credit card is required for registration. 
  • The listed apps do not accept SNAP (EBT) payments for delivery, but many retailers do IN-STORE.
  • The SNAP Retailer Locator allows anyone to locate nearby SNAP-authorized retailers by entering a street address, city, and state, or zip code. Enter your starting location and select a retailer or map point to get details and directions.
  • Delivery fees range from around $0.99 to $10, but most fees are waived if you spend over $10 or $15 in the app (for independent grocers, this may be higher)
  • Many delivery services are flooded and there may be extra long wait times, unavailable products and/or no delivery possible.

The Food Policy Center team is in the process of verifying the status of any retail food store listed without a phone number.

Please call stores before visiting, as their services (take-out, delivery, benefits such as SNAP) may be changing frequently due to COVID-19.

    Supermarkets, Delis, Bodegas & Retail Food Stores (No Delivery)

    _This list below includes all retail food stores within the neighborhood from the New York State Retail Food Store Open Data and a Google Maps Places API search with keyword search terms “bakery, convenience store, deli, food, grocery, supermarket.” _

    The Food Policy Center team is in the process of verifying the status of any retail food store listed without a phone number.

    Please call stores before visiting, as their services (take-out, delivery, benefits such as SNAP) may be changing frequently due to COVID-19.

      Community Fridges in test null

      Community Fridges are public refrigerators that are projects enabling food to be shared within the community. Unlike food pantries, Community Fridges encourage community members to put food in and take food out as needed and with no limit. These Fridges are located across the five boroughs, organized by community members, for community members. Donations are provided from organizations as well as neighbors, and everyone is encouraged to take what they need and give what they don't need. The below list includes all community fridges within the neighborhood from the Map of NYC Community Fridges

      * The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center cannot confirm whether or not community fridges are monitored, regulated or organized by food assistance agencies or organizations, therefore we are unable to confirm food availability and/or food safety. The Center advises community members not to take any prepared food without a date written of when it was cooked or stored. There are no regulations mandating what can go into fridges and how long food is stored, nor how often Community Fridges are cleaned, organized, and maintained. For more information about ensuring food quality and safety, click here and here.

      There are no community fridges found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Social Services in test null

      Child and Family Services in test null

      There are no specific child and family service organizations found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Resources for People with Disabilities

      Coronavirus is putting immense pressure on mobile and delivery services throughout New York City. Below are resources for people with disabilities who may already rely on these systems and/or need extra support during this time. Please call or email before visiting for updates about their services.

      Center for Independence of the Disabled NY

      • Currently with customers via telephone only.
      • Manhattan office: 212-674-2300.
      • Queens office: 646-442-1520.
      • If they are unable to speak with you when you call, they will return all messages as soon as they are able.
      • ASL-speaking consumers can call the Manhattan office VP line at 646-350-2681 or the Queens VP line at 347-905-5088.
      • Coronavirus update
      • Food access
      • Transportation and Access-A-Ride

      Crisis Services/Mental Health: Mobile Crisis Teams A Mobile Crisis Team is a group of behavioral health professionals — such as social workers, peer specialists and family peer advocates — who can provide care and short-term management for people who are experiencing severe behavioral crisis.

      • To request a team, call NYC Well at (888) NYC-WELL (888-692-9355)

      Helping Hands for the Disabled of NY

      • Action Line: We are here for you 9am – 9pm, seven days a week at 718-606-9712
      • Food Pantry Available for Disabled People: We can bring food to you.

      NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

      NYC Mayor’s Office: Disability Service Facilitators Contact Information with EMAIL ADDRESSES and/or ASL VIDEO PHONES which may be helpful for people who are unable to hear and/or speak

      Office for People with Developmental Disabilities: The Front Door The Front Door is the way OPWDD connects people to the services they need and want.  Once you enter, a person-centered planning process begins which helps you learn about and access service options taking your needs and desires into consideration.  It will also give you the chance to direct your own service plan or help your family member or loved one as they direct theirs.

      • The first step: Determine eligibility
      • If eligible to receive services: Begin planning process
      • Support and service options available: residential, employment, day habilitation, children’s services and aging services.

      Contact the OPWDD regional office that covers your county (Manhattan 646-766-3220) to access the Front Door, or call the OPWWD Info Line at 1-866-946-9733.

      Olmstead Rights: New York Disability Resources and Advocacy Organizations

      • Links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in New York.

      Services for People with Disabilities in test null

      There are no specific service organizations for people with disabilities found in this neighborhood. Please refer to city-wide services listed above and the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Education and Employment Services in test null

      There are no specific educational and employment service organizations found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Health and Medical Services in test null

      There are no specific health and medical service organizations found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      There are no specific legal service organizations found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Mental Health Services in test null

      There are no specific mental health service organizations found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Mutual Aid Organizations in test null

      Senior Services in test null

      There are no specific senior service organization found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Substance Use Programs in test null

      There are no specific substance use service organizations found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Women's and Domestic Abuse Services in test null

      There are no specific women's and domestic abuse service organizations found in this neighborhood. Please refer to the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s other neighborhood resource guides to find the closest services to you.

      Citywide Non-Profit Organizations Offering Food Delivery and/or Mobile Markets

      • The GetFoodNYC Emergency Meal delivery program concluded on October 1
      • City Harvest: Mobile markets are still operating throughout the city. Please click here to find a mobile market in your neighborhood.
      • CityMeals on Wheels: Deliver meals to eligible New Yorkers over 60 years old.
      • God’s Love We Deliver: Deliver meals to eligible New Yorkers who are too sick to cook or shop for themselves.
        • Eligibility Requirements and Application Information here.
        • Require a Medical Provider to sign the application for services.
        • COVID-19 response updates
      • Invisible Hands Deliver: A program delivering groceries and other essential items to populations vulnerable to COVID-19.
        • To request a delivery, use the form online or call (732) 639-1579 to request a delivery via phone
      • Meals on Wheels America: Deliver meals to eligible Network of over 5,000 independently run local programs
        • Search for participating locations near you here. Requirements and eligibility vary from location to location. Some locations may also provide additional services, including pet food and medical supply delivery services.
      • GrowNYC Fresh Food Boxes: seasonal produce well below retail prices
        • Visit a Fresh Food Box site near you (see bullets below)
        • Pay in cash, credit/debit, EBT/SNAP, Healthfirst OTC cards (LIP and CC members only), Health Bucks, Greenmarket Bucks, or Fresh Connect Coupons for next week’s share. Fresh Food Box uses an equitable pricing system to ensure access for all New Yorkers. Customers can choose one of three prices for the same share of food: $14, $17, or $20.
        • *Half-priced Fresh Food Boxes are now available for customers shopping with SNAP! Receive the same great bag of produce for just $7 when you pay with your EBT card at every GrowNYC Fresh Food Box site. *
        • Return the following week to pick up your share containing 6-9 items of fresh, high-quality produce.
        • See GrowNYC updates here.
      • Mutual Aid Groups:** **Click here to find the closest mutual aid group to you:
        • Request help online or call the Mutual Aid NYC Hotline: 646-437-8080
      • GrowNYC Farmers Markets and Youthmarkets: offering seasonal, fresh produce, for New York City residents. Locate a market near you here
      • All GrowNYC markets accept SNAP and EBT. Most markets accept Health Bucks and FMNP checks. See the GrowNYC website for more information on using SNAP/EBT and FMNP.
        • Deemed essential businesses, GrowNYC reconfigured 80+ food access sites to keep them open and safe for shoppers, producers, and staff. ​
        • Working with community partners to deliver free Fresh Food Boxes to low income New Yorkers who are undocumented, unemployed, or struggling in high need neighborhoods. 
        • Building out distance learning resources to continue to support educators and the general public as learning spaces move remote.
        • See GrowNYC updates here.
      • Common Pantry: Providing takeaway meals for hot breakfast and dinner programs
        • Online Ordering is back. Click here to get started.
      • To sign up for the Nourish program, visit either our Manhattan or Bronx locations 
        • 8 East 109th Street, East Harlem
        • 1290 Hoe Avenue, Bronx
          • Thursday and Friday at 10AM-2PM
          • Saturday at 10AM-2PM
        • For additional questions about services contact NYCPServices@nycommonpantry.org
      • Farms That Are Delivering: A database of farms nation-wide that are delivering locally and across the country.** **
        • Meat, produce, and dairy that can be ordered for purchase and delivery online

      Additional Resources for New Yorkers

      Case Management Services

      • See hitesite to locate a Case Management Agency near you

      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

      • SNAP provides food assistance for eligible New Yorkers. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase fresh produce and groceries at participating stores and online retailers.
      • To help stop the spread of COVID-19, many local department of social services and SNAP Centers locations are consolidating their hours until further notice. We are asking New Yorkers to do everything they can through myBenefits.ny.gov. Please call your local district or visit their website to check their operating hours
      • All SNAP application and recertification interviews can now be done online/by phone.
      • Apply for SNAP online at www.nyc.gov/accesshra or by smart phone with the ACCESS HRA app. After you submit your application, complete your eligibility interview by calling 718-SNAP-NOW (718-762-7669) anytime between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
      • If you cannot get SNAP benefits quickly enough and need urgent help, please call the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777. SNAP Application:
      • Apply online for SNAP here.
      • To locate a SNAP center near you click here. If you were already in the process of applying for SNAP:
      • Your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) case will stay open EVEN if you DO NOT….
        • Complete your eligibility interview in person if one was scheduled. You can still complete your eligibility interview by phone by calling 718-SNAP-NOW (718-762-7669) anytime between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
        • Submit your 6-month periodic report. Please submit all required documents through the ACCESS HRA app’s mobile document upload feature.
        • Meet the Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) work requirements

      Official SNAP Enrollment Centers in NYC - Human Resources Association (HRA)

      There is at least one SNAP enrollment center location open in each of the five boroughs at this time. Please call rather than visiting: 

      • Bronx - Crotona S46*
        • 1910 Monterey Avenue, 5th Fl., Bronx, NY 10457
        • Phone: 929-252-7436 | Fax: 917-639-1107
        • Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
        • This center includes a children's area that does not provide supervision.
      • Brooklyn - Clinton Hill #67
        • 495 Clermont Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238
        • Phone: 929-221-2809 | 929-221-1568
        • Fax: 917-639-2511 | HDU Fax: 718-639-7705
        • Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
        • This center includes a Children's Corner, which provides supervision during limited hours.
      • Brooklyn - Coney Island #63
        • 3050 West 21st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
        • Phone: 929-221-3856 | 929-221-3867
        • Fax: 917-639-2515 | HDU Fax: 917-639-2516
        • Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
        • This center includes a children's area that does not provide supervision.
      • Manhattan - Waverly S19
        • 12 West 14th St, 4th Fl., New York, NY 10011
        • Phone: 212-352-2524 | Fax: 917-639-2504
        • Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
        • This center includes a Children's Corner, which provides supervision during limited hours.
      • Queens - Queens S53
        • 32-20 Northern Blvd., 2nd Fl., LIC, NY 11101
        • (Entrance on One Honeywell Street)
        • Phone: 718-784-6315 | Fax: 917-639-2492
        • Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
        • This center includes a Children's Corner, which provides supervision during limited hours.
      • Staten Island - Richmond S99
        • 201 Bay Street, 2nd Fl., Staten Island, NY 10301
        • Phone: 718-390-6994 | Fax: 917-639-2537
        • Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
      • For more locations, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/locations/snap-locations.page

      Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) offering assistance with SNAP applications  Many CBOs provide help completing SNAP applications and screening applicants for eligibility. 

      • They DO NOT provide interviews (the final step of the application process) - this is only done at the HRA locations listed above. 
      • Due to COVID-19, interviews may not be required or may be completed by phone. HRA will contact you if they need more information after you apply. For the Site Finder, enter your address and choose Site Type “Food Stamp Center” to find a CBO offering assistance with SNAP applications close to you.
      • It is difficult to confirm the status of these organizations, so please always contact them before visiting. The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is continually reaching out to try to verify opening hours and temporary closures.
      • If you cannot go to a location, you can request reasonable accommodations (if you are working, elderly, or disabled; if you have problems with child care; if you have trouble traveling to a SNAP Center). Call HRA’s infoline at 718-557-1399 (free language translation services are available) or contact HRA online here. 

      Retail store locations accepting SNAP in NYC: The SNAP Retailer Locator allows anyone to locate nearby SNAP-authorized retailers by entering a street address, city, and state, or zip code. Enter your starting location and select a retailer or map point to get details and directions.

      Online retailers accepting SNAP in NYC:

      • Amazon
        • Add your SNAP EBT card here.
        • Amazon Restaurants is not currently operating
        • Amazon Fresh inventory and delivery may sometimes be unavailable; confirmation is available only at online checkout
        • Prime Now, Amazon Fresh, and Whole Foods Market are still delivering. Delivery customers always have the option to select “unattended delivery” (if no alcohol in order) during checkout if they prefer not to come into contact with others.
        • Check coronavirus updates here.
      • ShopRite
        • Do not accept EBT for delivery, just for pick up orders.
        • Still delivering
        • Implemented “drop at your door” service for delivery orders. Your driver will call or text you when they are on their way to make your delivery and your groceries will be left at your door unattended. (Provide your mobile phone number in the Delivery Instructions field at checkout when placing delivery orders.) Note, payment options may have changed to accommodate this service. *SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay delivery fees. 

      Health Bucks Health Bucks is a coupon program that is run by the City of New York for individuals who receive SNAP benefits, to buy fresh, locally-grown produce. Health Bucks can be used at any NYC Farmers Market that accepts SNAP benefits. 

      • You MUST be a SNAP recipient to be eligible for Health Bucks.
      • For every $5 you spend at farmers markets using SNAP on an EBT card, you can automatically and immediately get $2 in Health Bucks
      • Pharmacy to Farm Prescription program
        • Receive $30 in Health Bucks when you fill your prescription for blood pressure medication at select pharmacies in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan
        • Sign up at any pharmacy listed below:
          • Brooklyn
            • Brooklyn Center Pharmacy at 104 Dekalb Ave., 11201 in Downtown Brooklyn
            • Myrtle Drug Care at 355 Myrtle Ave., 11205 in Fort Greene
            • Park Drugs at 801 Nostrand Ave., 11225 in Crown Heights
            • Whitman Pharmacy at 329A Myrtle Ave., 11205 in Fort Greene
          • Manhattan
            • Drug Mart II at 4873 Broadway, 10034 in Inwood
            • Dyckman Pharmacy at 199 Dyckman St, 10040 in Inwood
            • Nagle Pharmacy at 210 Nagle Ave., 10034 in Inwood
            • New Amsterdam Drug Mart at 698 Amsterdam Ave., 10025 on the Upper West Side
            • New London Pharmacy at 246 8th Ave., 10011 in Chelsea
            • New York City Pharmacy at 206 1st Ave., 10009 in East Village
            • Quick RX UWS at 909 Columbus Ave., 10025 in Upper West Side
          • Queens
            • Image Heights Pharmacy at 7501 37th Ave., 11372 in Jackson Heights
            • Jannat Pharmacy at 7203 35th Ave., 11372 in Jackson Heights
            • Nueva Vida Pharmacy at 81-25 37th Ave., 11372 in Jackson Heights
            • Superior Pharmacy at 80-05 Roosevelt Ave., 11372 in Jackson Heights

      Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

      WIC provides nutrition for eligible pregnant and postpartum women and children. Fathers and caregivers can also apply for their children.

      • Normally WIC applicants must apply in person, but most centers are now working via phone.
      • Determine if you are eligible for WIC here
      • You do NOT need to be a US citizen to receive WIC
      • If applicants have all necessary documents, WIC benefits are effective immediately after application
      • Locate a WIC center near you here or call 1-800-522-5006
        • Those applying can make an appointment by calling one of the centers closest to them.
        • Remote services available only
      • For more information on WIC see the New York State Department of Health WIC website

      Organizations Providing WIC Services close to test null (Please call rather than visiting)

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