This information lists organizations and programs in New York and New Jersey offering food resources.
Many people who are getting treated for cancer face challenges, including affording and getting food. There are many organizations and programs offering food resources and help. Here is a list of resources in New York City (all 5 boroughs), Long Island, Westchester, and New Jersey. Many of the resources are available in many languages.
For the most up-to-date information about a program, visit its website. If a phone number is listed, remember to call the program before you visit to make sure they will be able to help you.
If you have any trouble getting food, tell your Clinical Dietitian Nutritionist or call MSK’s Nutrition Department at 212-639-7312.
New York City
MSK’s Food Pantry Program
The food pantry program gives food to people in need during their cancer treatment. For more information, talk with your Clinical Dietitian Nutritionist, social worker, or call 646-888-8046.
The City of New York
The City of New York is providing many food resources. Some examples of the programs available are listed below.
- FoodHelp NYC helps you find your local food pantry and a location near your home where free meals are being given out. Their website is finder.nyc.gov/foodhelp
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, helps people in need buy food at grocery stores, supermarkets, farmers’ markets, and co-op food programs. You can also shop for groceries online with SNAP benefits at www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page. For more information, visit www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-benefits-food-program.page
- NYC Department for the Aging lists meal delivery services for people age 60 and older. For more information, visit their website, email [email protected], or call 212-244-6469. To find other resources in your area, visit www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/services/find-help.page
- City Harvest Mobile Markets is delivering free, fresh fruits and vegetables and canned goods to people in all 5 boroughs. Their website is www.cityharvest.org/mobile-markets
- The City of New York offers emergency meal delivery assistance for people who can’t get food. For more information, call 311.
NYC program that gives support and services to New Yorkers in need. Visit their website to learn more. Some examples of the programs available are listed below.
- Emergency Food Assistance gives directions to your local food pantries and community kitchens offering cooked meals. Call 866-888-8777 for more information.
- Information about SNAP benefits. You can also download the FreshEBT application (app) for your smart device (smartphone or tablet) to help you check your SNAP balance.
- The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program gives free healthy foods and services to low-income women and children, including nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, and health education. For more information, visit access.nyc.gov/programs/women-infants-and-children-wic
NYC Department of Education
The NYC Department of Education is offering food programs, including free grab-and-go meals. Text “NYC FOOD” or “NYC COMIDA” (for Spanish) to 877-877 to find a location near you.
- Free meals are available for pick up Monday through Friday.
- Hours for children and families: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Hours for adults: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Meals are available to everyone. No one is turned away.
- Several meals can be picked up at one time.
- Vegetarian and halal options are available at every site. Kosher meals are available at several sites.
- Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children.
- You don’t need identification (ID) to pick up a meal.
Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center
NYC Food Resource Guide
The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center made guides for each NYC neighborhood listing available food resources. Visit their website for more information and to find food resources in your community.
Food Bank NYC
Food Bank NYC gives a list of food resources in different neighborhoods. Visit their website for more information and to find food resources in your community.
Hunger Free America
Hunger Free America gives information about SNAP benefits, meals for kids and seniors, soup kitchens, food pantries, farmers’ markets, and additional resources in different communities. Many of the locations have phone numbers listed. Call ahead to make sure changes haven’t been made to what is printed. You can also search for food resources on the Hunger Free America website at www.hungerfreeamerica.org/food-map
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service
Call the USDA’s National Hunger Hotline at 866-348-6479 (866-3 HUNGRY) or 877-842-6273 (877-8 HAMBRE) for help with finding food resources in your area.
Health Bucks are $2 coupons that can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at all NYC farmers markets. For more information, email [email protected]
- People with SNAP benefits can use Health Bucks at farmers’ markets and get a $2 Health Buck for every $5 worth of SNAP spent.
- People with high blood pressure can get $30 worth of Health Bucks if they fill their blood pressure medication at one of the participating pharmacies. Visit their website for more information.
Grow NYC’s Fresh Food Box Program
GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box Program is a food access program that helps people in need buy fresh, healthy, and locally grown fruits and vegetables at a low price. Through the program, you can buy a bag of fruits and vegetables worth $20 to $30 for $14 to $15. Cash, credit/debit, EBT/SNAP, and Health Bucks are accepted.
God’s Love We Deliver
This program offers free meal deliveries for people living with serious illnesses who aren’t able to get or prepare meals for themselves.
Meals on Wheels
This program delivers meals to homebound seniors 60 years of age or older.
Invisible Hands is a community-based organization that delivers groceries, prescriptions, and other necessities to people most at risk for COVID-19, including seniors, people with disabilities, and people with weakened immune systems.
Long Island Cares
Long Island Cares delivers food to soup kitchens, group homes, senior nutrition sites, daycare centers, and shelters. Visit their website for more information and to find food resources in your community.
This program delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, and other foods throughout Long Island. Visit their website for more information and to find food resources in your community.
Harvest for the World
This program is a mobile food pantry that gives food to those in need.
Jewish Association Serving the Aging
Gives home-delivered meals to the elderly in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Homebound Meal Delivery Program
Delivers meals to people 60 years of age or older who live alone and can’t make meals for themselves.
Shelter Rock Church Food Pantry
Shelter Rock Church is providing free food to all people in need every Tuesday from to
The Inn is a volunteer-based organization that makes hot meals for adults and children.
This program offers food resources, such as food pantries and mobile food pantries, to people living in Westchester.
Yonkers Community Action Program
This program helps people in need living in Yonkers with food deliveries. Visit their website or their Facebook page at facebook.com/YonkersCAP for more information.
2-1-1 New Jersey
This program helps people living in New Jersey access food resources, including pantries and soup kitchens. Call 211, 877-652-1148, or text your zip code to 898-211 to connect with resources in your community.
Food Bank of South Jersey
Food Bank of South Jersey gives healthy foods to families in need.
Community Food Banks of New Jersey
This program connects people living in New Jersey with food banks in their communities. The list includes more than 1,000 food banks.
Tool to find local food banks.
USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder
This interactive map helps you find food resources for your children in your area. You can use this tool to find directions to nearby food pantry sites, location hours, and contact information.