Emergency food organizations, also known as food pantries and soup kitchens, attempt to address the lack of geographical and financial access to food in East Harlem. Many of these organizations are faith-based and volunteer-run. They tend to operate varying days and times, so while not completely reliable, many residents also depend on these organizations’ services. Some, notably the New York Common Food Pantry, have extended their operation hours beyond the workday to provide a more consistent supply of food for its patrons.
- New York Common Food Pantry – NY Common Food Pantry Program is New York City’s largest community-based food pantry and is designed to meet the needs of our families by providing culturally appropriate and nutritiously balanced food. Anyone who wishes to register to receive food from the Pantry can stop by the Help 365 window between 9am and 8PM Monday through Saturday and 4PM to 8PM on Sunday.
Hot meals: Breakfast is served Monday-Friday in the downstairs cafeteria from 8-9:30am. Dinner is served Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the downstairs cafeteria from 4:30-6pm.
Brown bag: For those who do not have a residence to cook, New York Common Pantry offers Brown Bag meals through our Help 365 program. Brown bag meals containing a sandwich, a snack, and a drink and are available at the Help 365 window on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 7:00PM to 8:00 PM. 8 East 109th Street, New York, NY, 10029
- Bailey House – Bailey House’s mission is to provide housing and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and advocate on their behalf. The food pantry is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. 1751 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10035
- Casa Mutua – Casa Mutua, located at 102nd Street and Lexington Avenue, is our 54-unit permanent supportive housing residence for formerly homeless, mentally ill single adults. It has also established new educational opportunities and activities to further inform clients about healthy foods and wellness, provide healthier cooking options for our clients, teach clients cooking techniques and healthy recipes and provide fresh vegetables and fruits through our Community Supported Agriculture program. 159 E 102nd St New York, NY 10029