Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC): NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Cameron St. Germain

What they do: GMHC is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Nutrition is highly important when considering individuals who are immunocompromised, as is the need to support  access to and learning about, healthy food. An important part of GMHC is teaching individuals who are immunocompromised how to eat nutritiously and take care of their bodies, encouraging both health and happiness. GMHC also provides the necessary food to create and sustain healthier lives.

What they believe: With the right information, care and support, it is possible to live a healthy, fulfilling life. When people feel a sense of community, are empowered with pride and armed with information, they’re able to model healthy behaviors, build relationships and experience hope. To end the AIDS epidemic, we need comprehensive solutions that promote education, increase awareness, improve care, reduce stigma, elevate policy and build strong, supportive communities.

How they do it: They provide prevention and care services to men, women and families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City. They advocate for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Mission: GMHC fighter to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.

Latest project/campaign: GMHC Cooks! Client Cookbook- This cookbook is a combination of recipes from clients, staff,  nutrition students and volunteers reflecting the food that individuals get at our pantry. With this cookbook being created by many individuals, it has a wide variety of healthy and unique recipes.

Major Funding: 

42 Below, The Alan Morton Foundation, Anonymous (2), Assurant Foundation, Jason C. Baker, The Bank of New York, Mellon Mark A. Bavoso, Bloomingdale’s, Inc., Louis A. Bradbury, The Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Costco Wholesale, Scott Cullather Davis Polk, Wardwell Jeff Davis, Kevin Jennings, Craig M. de Thomas, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, Estate of Iris McWilliams, Estate of Licia Kartagener, Betty Kartagener, Estate of Myrna Davis, Estée Lauder International, Jody Falco, Jeffrey Steinman Food Network, Avena Gallagher Gap Foundation, Gill Foundation, Glassybaby, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Grey Health Care Group, The Hagedorn Fund, Insignia Title Agency, Janssen Therapeutics, Johnson & Johnson, Lauren Kucerak, Lambda Legal, Timothy J. Lineman, Microsoft Corporation, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Dr. Martin A. Nash Network for Good, Edward O’Connor, OraSure Technologies, Inc., Polo Ralph Lauren, Protravel International, Inc,. Raymond Family Foundation, RBC Capital Markets, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, Serono Laboratories, Inc., Sienna Charles, Robert J. Smolin, Mark Solda, Peter N. Speliopoulos, Robert L. Turner, Jon Stryker, Target, Toyota, Financial Services, Truist, UBS AG, United Way of New York City ,Viacom International Inc., Adrian Weinberg, Carolyn and Malcolm Wiener, Robert G. Zack, Judith Francis Zankel

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual Budget: N/A

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: In 2016, they served over 80,000 hot meals to HIV-positive men and women.



  • 446 West 33rd Street
  • New York, NY, 10001-2601

Core Programs: HIV/AIDS Care, Prevention/Education and Advocacy Services

Number of staff: 210

Number of volunteers: 100

Areas served:

  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Staten Island
  • Queens

Year started: 1982

Director: Kelsey Louie

Contact information:

(212) 367-1000

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