Part of the Solution (POTS): NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Cameron St. Germain

What they do: POTS aims to be a loving community in the Bronx, nourishing the basic needs and hungers of all who come to its door. POTS is dedicated to providing a professional and hospitable environment where every interaction is based on compassion and respect. They believe that every person should have access to the essentials of life and the support necessary to achieve stability, and ultimately self-sufficiency.

How they do it: POTS is a ‘one-stop shop’ assisting individuals living in poverty on their journeys from crisis to stability and ultimately, self-sufficiency. They believe POTS’ ‘one-stop shop’ model of providing a coordinated and comprehensive package of support is the best means of addressing the myriad needs that accompany poverty.

Mission: POTS’s mission is to be a loving community in the Bronx that nourishes the basic needs and hungers of all who come to its door.

Latest project/campaign: Expanding our services to a planned addition to the present POTS building.

Major Funding: Robin Hood Foundation, Single Stop USA, Andor Capital Management Foundation, Maverick Capital Foundation, Dalio Family Foundation, Rusty Staub Foundation, New York Yankees, PDT Partners, Judith C. White Foundation, The Walmart Foundation and many more

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual Budget: N/A

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: This year alone, POTS will help more than 25,000 people, including 8,000 children, with a multitude of needs common to individuals and families living in poverty. In the past five years, the number of individuals that have turned to POTS for assistance has nearly tripled.



  • 2759 Webster Avenue
  • Bronx, New York 10458

Core Programs: Community Dining Room; Food Pantry; Mail Services; Barbershop; Clothing Room; Shower Facilities; Legal Clinic; Case Management; POTS Family Club; Holiday Meals and Gifts; Host to medical and dental clinics

Number of staff: 34

Number of volunteers: 3,000

Area served: Bronx

Year started: 1982

Director: Christopher Bean

Contact Information: (718) 220-4892

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