Food Assistance

EFAP

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. Get the latest NYC COVID-19 Food Assistance information.

Pandemic Food Reserve Emergency Distribution Program (P-FRED)

The Pandemic Food Reserve Emergency Distribution Program (P-FRED) established in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis responds to the increase in food insecurity that resulted from the pandemic. Currently, the P-FRED program distributes fresh and shelf-stable food to more than 400 COVID-response emergency feeding programs (“EFP”) that serve the public. Please click here for a list of all P-FRED locations by borough. New locations are being added regularly so please check this list frequently.

For more information about the program, please email foodreserve@hra.nyc.gov.

To find the hours of operation for locations near you please call that location or email foodreserve@hra.nyc.gov and include the subject line “Hours of Operation.”  

If you are an EFP interested in enrolling in the P-FRED program, please email foodreserve@hra.nyc.gov and include the subject line “New Application.”

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

Audio Description: A video informing New Yorkers of HRA's Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP).


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.

Need to find an active food pantry near you? Look it up on the Get Food NYC map.

See a List of Food Pantries and Community Kitchens, or call 311. Agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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.