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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 or 311. 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 Foodhelp.nyc 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.