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Hunger Relief

The Foundation did not have to look far to find organizations that are leading the way in their efforts to combat hunger in New York City. Our neighbor the West Side Campaign Against Hunger has been fighting food insecurity for forty years, and were the first to open a customer-choice supermarket-style pantry in the United States. Foundation grantee City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982, and hopes to collect upwards of 100 million pounds of excess food for distribution to help feed millions of people struggling to put meals on their tables this year. The Campaign Against Hunger has amassed over 250 partnerships to provide enough food for more than 20 million meals.

The Church of the Holy Apostles is currently the largest soup kitchen in New York State, and has never missed a meal service in its 38-year history. Citymeals-On-Wheels is one of the largest meals on wheels programs in the United States, and ensures that our community’s most vulnerable neighbors from all five boroughs receive a lifeline of nourishment and warm human companionship daily. In addition to providing healthy, nutritious food,  New York Common Pantry offers case management services as they connect struggling families, individuals and the Pantry’s homeless visitors to various social resources.

In 38 years of operating, FoodBank for New York City has provided over a billion free meals. And, like all of our grantees working to nourish New York, St. John’s Bread and Life has at its core the recognition that all people deserve respect, dignity, and opportunities to establish self-sufficiency and stability. We invite you to visit these organizations online or in person.

New York Hunger Relief

Courtesy of City Harvest © Lori Cannava

Food insecurity and hunger are pervasive in New York City, where even pre-pandemic numbers estimated that over a million of our residents were going hungry. We know that number has nearly doubled towards 2 million New Yorkers struggling to put food on their tables since the Covid-19 outbreak of 2020. The Foundation identified a group of hunger-relief organizations that have developed a wealth of collaborative, innovative solutions to address and reduce food insecurity in New York City.

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