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. 

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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