While New Yorkers are scrambling to stock up on food and necessities in response to COVID-19, lower-income families are facing financial hardship to meet their household needs. According to City Harvest, there were nearly 25 million visits to soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City last year prior to the pandemic.

Thankfully, several food pantries have opened their doors in every borough to address this crisis.  We have provided a chart listing over 150 food pantries including their location, contact information, hours of operation and ID requirements. In these tough times, it’s good to know the city is pulling together to lend a helping hand to those in need. See or city-wide list of food pantries in all five boroughs in New York City.- Kiki McKnight


Food Bank for NYC  includes a map to find a soup kitchen, food pantry, senior centers and more.Click on the search icon and enter the search terms by borough to find open providers.

Food Help NYC locator has a map of New York City’s food pantries and community soup kitchens across the five boroughs. You can filter by borough and facility type.

Hunger Free America’s Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance produces an updated, comprehensive Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance containing detailed information on free food access in all five boroughs.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program list includes food pantries and soup kitchens across all five boroughs, with phone numbers, addresses, and hours/days of operation. The list is organized by title, be sure to check the borough column for Brooklyn locations.

Foodpantries.org has a database of local food pantries, soup kitchens, food shelves, and food banks that can be searched by zip code. They also provide information for the best government and non-profit subsidized grocery resources on the Internet.

Local Food Pantries

Click here for a list of food pantries by borough.


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