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Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) | NYC Human Resources Administration

1. How it Works

There are two ways to get free food quickly: get groceries from a food pantry, or a cooked meal from a community kitchen. Find the closest food pantries and community kitchens by using the Food Map.

  • For urgent food and hunger needs, call the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777. You’ll be provided with hours of operation and directions to the nearest food pantries and community kitchens
  • Everyone is eligible for emergency food assistance, regardless of immigration status or how much money you have
  • Food pantries and community kitchens exist in all five boroughs
  • If you often need help buying food, use ACCESS NYC to see if you’re eligible for SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits
  • Some locations offer kosher food

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit for a map of food pantries and community kitchens.

Call 311

Ask for Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Call the Emergency Food Hotline

Call 866-888-8777 for 24/7 information on locations and hours.

Visit food assistance locations

Visit the nearest active Emergency Food Assistance Program.