The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as “food stamps”) provides food assistance for nearly 1.8 million low-income New Yorkers including families, the elderly and the disabled. The program helps families and individuals supplement the cost of their diet with nutritious foods.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides funding to more than 500 soup kitchens and food pantries citywide. Visit HRA to learn more or to join the providers network.
In 2014, the Director of Food Policy began convening the New York City Food Assistance Collaborative with support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. This ongoing initiative brings together the major suppliers to the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens to increase equity and efficiency in food distribution by better coordinating their efforts.