There are two ways to get free food quickly: get groceries from a food pantry, or a cooked meal from a community kitchen. Find your closest food pantries and community kitchens on the Food Help 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.
- If you often need help buying food, use ACCESS NYC to see if you’re eligible for SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits.
More ways to get help with this program
Ask for the Emergency Food Assistance Program.