Food Relief Organizations Providing Help to New Yorkers in Need

Food banks and charities across New York City are helping feed those in need, as the coronavirus pandemic grinds the city to a hat, leaving millions uncertain as to where they will get their next meal.

Food banks and charities across New York City are helping feed those in need, as the coronavirus pandemic grinds the city to a hat, leaving millions uncertain as to where they will get their next meal. 

As New York City faces an unprecedented crisis as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of food relief organizations are providing emergency food to vulnerable New Yorkers who may be under quarantine or out of work. Find out more about how they can help you or how you can help them continue serving those in New York City who need it most during this time.


For over 35 years, Food Bank for New York City has worked to end hunger and food poverty across the five boroughs. With over 1,000 food banks and pantries across New York City, Food Bank for New York City is the city’s largest hunger-relief organization. 

Even before the city’s crisis hit, nearly 1.4 million New York City residents relied on emergency food, according to the Policy Committee on New City Hunger Resources and, as a result, many food relief organizations are facing an added strain on their resources. 

“Right now we have enough supply,” Lisa Hines-Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of Food Bank For New York City said in a recent interview with NY1. “We are certainly seeing an extreme rise in need of food and resources.”

Food Bank for NYC

Last week, an online fundraiser was launched to help Food Bank for New York City and has currently raised over $22,000.   

To find out more about Food Bank for New York City’s response to the crisis, visit their website where you can also donate and help them continue to feed struggling New Yorkers. You can also call them at (212) 566-7855 or email them at [email protected] 



Since 1982, City Harvest has fed millions of New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. In 2020 alone, City Harvest projects they will serve and deliver 66 million pounds of food across New York City’s food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community organizations. 

City Harvest Website

Since the crisis hit, more than 100,000 pounds of product have been donated to City Harvest, with 36,000 pounds donated in the past week from nearly 50 restaurants forced to close across New York City.

“The mission is going to be more important than ever. There’s going to be so many hungry New Yorkers in a matter of moments, and we all have to step up,” City Harvest board member and volunteer Katie Workman told WCBS-TV

If you’d like to help or are in need of assistance City Harvest, visit their website contact them at (646) 412-0600 where you can also donate and volunteer.




Food is one of the most elemental parts of our daily lives, but with millions of New Yorkers in the grips of a global pandemic, the most basic of needs has now become a challenge for residents of all ages. There are many ways you can help, like NYFTA member Walter’s Hot Dogs, who recently helped feed needy families, their local National Guard, medical workers, and students in their community. 

Or, if you’re in need of assistance there are numerous resources available that you or a loved one can find at FoodHelp NYC, the city’s database for food banks and community kitchens located throughout the five boroughs.

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Live Like the Irish: New York’s Best Food Trucks to Toast St. Patrick’s Day

Food trucks offer so much more than just guilty pleasures to indulge in. In celebration of National Ditch that pitcher of stale green beer and bag of green bagels and host your St. Patty’s Day party with the finest craft brews and authentic Irish fare from the most popular food (and alcohol) trucks in New York.

St. Patrick’s Day 2020 is almost here and that means New York’s iconic St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebrations throughout the city. If you’re planning on “going green,” why not beat the crowds and bring N.Y.C.’s finest food trucks serving up toast-worthy beers and classic Irish cuisine right to your own St. Patrick’s Day party. 

It’s almost that time of year again when having a few pints and a slice of Shepherd’s Pie before noon is socially acceptable and there’s no better place to be on St. Patrick’s Day then New York City. But, ditch that pitcher of stale green beer and bag of green bagels and host your St. Patty’s Day party with the finest craft brews and authentic Irish fare from the most popular food (and alcohol) trucks in New York.  

St. Patricks Day



Elevate your St. Patrick’s Day and add some class to your St. Patrick’s Day event with craft beers (and Italian Prosecco, still wines, and crafted cocktails) from NYFTA member Bubbles and Brews. Whether your event is a grand affair celebrating “the luck of the Irish” or an intimate gathering to say “sláinte” (that’s “cheers” in Gaelic) with friends and family, Bubbles and Brews has two trucks to suit your needs (and budget). 

Bubblesand Brews Theapesite

The Creamsicle is a fully-restored vintage “mobile bar” offering two onboard taps ready to serve up pints of Guinness, Smithwick’s, or the Irish ales of your choice. But, if you want your private event to be the St. Patty’s Day party of the year, The Ape is your party animal on wheels. With service for up to seven drinks of your choice you have the ability to host your own Irish pub (and even a tap for some fine Irish whiskey). 

With customizable packages available, service with a smile, and even graphics that can be tailored to your St. Patrick’s Day theme, make your private event as green as a four-leaf clover with one of Bubbles and Brews vintage trucks. 


Now that your event is well-stocked with the finest Irish brews, what about some authentic eats to pair them with? NYFTA member Superlicious NYC has got you covered with made-from-scratch Irish cuisine. From freshly baked scones, to traditional fish and chips, and a classic lamb Shepherd’s Pie, Superlicious is the perfect partner for your St. Patrick’s Day event. 

Superlicious Shepherds Pie

Their menu also includes an eclectic fusion of Pan-Asian, Mexican, Irish, and American delights that’ll satisfy the palate of all your guests. So, on top of those classic fish and chips, you can also offer up loaded Chicken Tikka fries, spiced ground beef tacos, and more. 


NYFTA has over a decade of professional food truck experience in the New York area, and knows the best food trucks and carts to select, with the best service and the highest quality food and drinks. From the moment you book your truck and create your custom menu, to the end of your private party or event, NYFTA sweats all the details and works with you every step of the way. 

So, make your St. Patrick’s Day gathering the place to be that’ll have your guests feel like they’re saying “Erin go Bragh” while kissing the Blarney Stone!

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Ditch the Delivery: How Food Trucks Can Boost Your Next Office Event

Tired of the usual Chinese for lunch or pizza ahead of an office meeting? Instead of the “same old same old” why not surprise your hungry employees with a food truck for your next office or corporate event.

There are millions of books, blogs, and articles about boosting employee morale to make them feel appreciated and valued. But, being a leader who creates a positive culture is easier than you might think. Check out how corporate catering with food trucks can take your next office lunch or event to another level, making you the boss everyone wants to work for. 

Tired of the usual Chinese for lunch or pizza ahead of an office meeting? Instead of the “same old same old” why not surprise your hungry employees with corporate catering by booking a food truck for your next office lunch or event. Be the leader that thinks outside the “take-out box” and leaves their team feeling motivated and satisfied. 

Corporate Catering



In 2018, Gallup found that a majority (53%) of employees polled were “not engaged” at their workplace, meaning they generally did the minimum amount required and would leave their current company for a “slightly better offer.”

Appreciating employees can go a long way in the workplace. According to Psychology Today, 76% of participants surveyed identified “peer praise” as a motivating factor for employee engagement. 

So, how can bosses make their employees feel special and recognized, without breaking the bank? 

Food truck catering can be a creative way to win over your team. Whether you want to turn your next office meeting into a culinary adventure with a taste of Ethiopian custine from Makina Cafe or liven up your next office party with corporate catering from Nuchas, New York’s empanada king, you have the ability to send a special (and delicious) message to your employees that they are valued and appreciated. 



Why take a chance on mobile catering with questionable reviews and service that leaves little to be desired. Many of NYFTA’s members are award-winning and/or nationally recognized food truck vendors, like Vendy Award winners El Toro Rojo and Phil’s Steaks and Big 7 Travel’s “2020’s Best Food Trucks in New York,” Wafels and Dinges and Gorilla Cheese

NYFTA has over a decade of experience creating memorable events that fit any budget. They handle all the details from start to finish and can even help craft a custom menu for your event, to suit your employees tastes and dietary needs. 

So, contact NYFTA today and partner up with New York’s finest food trucks with the highest-quality cuisine for your next office lunch or corporate catering event.

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New York Food Trucks: Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple

May is the National Barbecue month, and we thought there is no better food truck to celebrate with other than Empire BBQ, NYFTA’s newest member.

Food trucks may be all the rage in New York, but “mobile dining” in “The Big Apple” is as American as apple pie. From “street vendors” who served our Founding Fathers, to today’s New York food trucks taking hungry customers on a culinary tour of the world, “The City That Never Sleeps” is the perfect embodiment of our nation’s centuries-long “food revolution.”

Nypl Push Carts

New York is inextricably linked to food, representing the city’s social and multicultural history through the centuries. From the 17th century, when eating “shellfish on the streets” was the hottest trend; to deliciously innovative New York food trucks of the 21st century, “street eats” are part of what makes N.Y.C. home to some of the world’s most diverse dining options. 



New York’s food trucks are as sophisticated and culinarily adventurous as some of the world’s trendiest restaurants, but at a fraction of the cost. From trucks dedicated to making you feel like it’s The Roaring 20s serving up Italian Prosecco and craft cocktails, to trucks bringing fusion cuisine from the streets of Seoul and Tijuana right to Midtown. 

Canva Oysterson Plate

But, the earliest known street foods in New York were oysters and clams that came straight from the harbors Henry Hudson discovered when he first arrived in New Amsterdam in 1609. According to Untapped New York, they first became delicacies after European settlers were introduced to them by the local Lenape tribe. Oysters became so widely popular in New York that by the turn of the 20th century, over one billion were being pulled, in what is now the Gowanus Canal, each year. 

One of the most notable pioneering figures in this era was Thomas Downing, a former slave who moved to New York City in 1825 and opened up an oyster catering business on Broad St. in 1825. Downing’s “oyster house” soon became one of the go-to establishments in the city and he used his success and popularity to become a well-respected activist in the abolitionist movement. 



Between 1892 and 1954, over 12 million immigrants passed through New York’s Ellis Island. But, escaping religious, social and economic persecution in their native countries did not mean many of them fared better once they settled in New York. Facing anti-immigrant prejudice and consigned to destitution, living in tenements in the poorest neighborhoods, immigrants of the first-half of the 20th century were forced to make their own way and fend for themselves. 

Nypl Push Carts

New York’s early Eastern European immigrants found success as “street vendors.” Pushcarts have been weaved into the urban landscape of New York for centuries, but became a fixture on city streets across the Lower East Side when, between 1880 and 1924, nearly 2.5 million Ashkenazi Jews immigrated to New York. Mostly impoverished, Jewish immigrants made ends meet by operating pushcarts. 

In 1929 alone, New York’s Department of Public Markets reported over 6,000 pushcarts in operation, which made such Jewish delicacies like “knishes” and “Kosher dill pickles” as being synonymous with classic New York cuisine. 

By the 1930’s and 1940’s however, city officials began eliminating pushcart stands (by 1943, less than 400 pushcarts were in operations) for various reasons with the biggest being (that’s right) the rapid increase of automobile traffic on New York streets. 

The East Side Chamber of Commerce put it bluntly all the way back in 1929. Getting rid of pushcarts would “eliminate troublesome obstacles to traffic, raising property values and relieve crowded streets.”

Simply put, New York’s pushcarts were pushed out to make way for the rise of New York’s food trucks.  



The first food trucks rolling around New York City streets were none other than ice cream trucks (that still get their infectious jingles stuck in our heads) in the 1950’s.   

Fast forward 50 years, from L.A.’s King Taco in the 1970s to New York’s hometown heroes Halal Guys in the 90s, and food trucks have become a billion-dollar business. According to IBISWorld, last year there were more than 23,000 food trucks operating in the U.S. alone, with an annual gross of nearly a billion dollars. 

Twitter Dubpies

New York’s food truck frenzy has reached a fever pitch, serving millions of hungry customers, who are in-a-hurry, each year. While simple fare like hot dogs, pretzels, and the intoxicating smell of roasted peanuts remain ubiquitous staples, the new wave of New York food trucks are more sophisticated and culinarily adventurous, yet remain reasonably priced. Today, you can find N.Y.C. food trucks serving authentic Ethiopian, Vietnamese, New Zealand cuisine and more. 

Food trucks have also become more than an easy way to grab a satisfying lunch. Food truck catering has become the latest trend in culinary entertainment, specializing in weddings, corporate events, and even branded promotions that help brands create unique and memorable experiential marketing experiences for their target audience.  



From the earliest days of the settlers and colonies to how it afforded minorities and immigrants the ability to become entrepreneurs and escape socio-economic prejudice, New York food trucks in 2020 are simultaneously at the cutting-edge of the mobile dining experience while also appreciated and recognized for its past. 

So, take a bite out of “The Big Apple” with a culinary tour of New York food trucks and discover (in the most delicious way) the city’s rich history and cultural influence that has helped shape the American landscape. 

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