Food aid in New York StateDocumented


Over the past two weeks, members of our WhatsApp community have reached out to us asking about places that offer free meals and take-home food resources. Some mentioned that the places where they used to eat have closed, and others explained that this lack of employment has caused them to rely on food pantries again.

Although some city-run pandemic programs have closed due to lack of funding, there are still many places in the city that continue to provide free food to people in need. Here is a full list.

If you have additional questions or know of places not listed on the map or PDF, please contact [email protected]

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The New York City Emergency Food Assistance Program provides funding to 500 soup kitchens across the city. The nearest location can be found by entering the postal code In the table below. If you can’t see the chart, you can also find locations by viewing this map or by accessing the PDF listing all religious organizations and institutions that distribute food to the community.

Additionally, you can also call 311, choose your preferred language, and follow the prompts to find out where to eat.

Other community pantries

In response to the food insecurity experienced by immigrant communities, local organizations have created their own food distribution programs. Here are some of the organizations providing food that are not listed in the PAEF table above.

The locations listed below provide shelf stable foods, griddles, protein or/and canned foods. Please call ahead for details.

Please note: this list will be updated regularly.


Neon Nutrition Kitchen – DOP

345 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Business hours: M/W/F from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ID required. No reservation necessary.


245 23rd Street 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11215

Opening hours: Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For members and non-members


St. Michael’s Church

136-76 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355

Business hours: T/W from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

ID required. No reservation necessary.

Astoria Pantry

25-82 Steinway St. Astoria, NY 11103

Business hours: M: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (until exhaustion)


Max Meltzer Senior Center

94 E 1st St, New York, NY, 10009

Opening hours: Last Monday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ID and proof of address required. Only for seniors.


Here is a list of all the pantry and soup kitchens on Long Island


You can search for locations based on county and zip code

Read also : Organizations Serving New York Immigrants


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