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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 Get Food NYC map.

  • For urgent food and hunger needs, call 311 and ask for the Emergency Food Assistance Program. 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

2. Determine your eligibility

Everyone is eligible for emergency food assistance, regardless of immigration status or how much money you have.

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the Get Food NYC website to have access to the food you need.

Call 311

Ask for Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Visit food assistance locations

Visit Get Food NYC to get food assistance.

Last Updated Monday, December 27th, 10:12am

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