Food Assistance

Emergency Food Assistance Program

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, New York City is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need. Click here for more information. 

HRA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides funding to more than 500 community kitchens and food pantries citywide. If you need food, you can get help today at one of New York City’s food pantries, which provide groceries to cook at home, or community kitchens, which provide hot meals.

See a List of Active Food Pantries and Community Kitchens, or call the Emergency FoodLine at 866-888-8777. This is an automated hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Need to find the food pantry nearest you? Look it up on the FoodHelp NYC Locator.

The NYC Unity Project’s LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Online Guide has also compiled a list of food pantries and soup kitchens that have explicitly self-reported their desire to welcome LGBTQ community members. View that list here.

Want to work with HRA to provide food assistance? Find information on becoming a food provider.

If you need SNAP benefits, you can apply online through ACCESS HRA. Learn more on HRA’s SNAP page.