ACT Food Insecurity Screening Questions and Resources


Food Pantry Selection Spreadsheet

Use this link to access the food pantry spreadsheet. Use the filters in the first row of the spreadsheet to narrow down options that will be the most helpful for the patient. Food Pantry Spreadsheet.

ACT Screening Questions

"The food that we bought just didn't last and we didn't have money to get more." Was that often, sometimes, or never true for you or your household in the last 30 days?

"We Couldn't Afford to eat balanced meals." Was that often, sometimes, or never true for you or your household in the last 30 days?

In the last 30 days, did you or other adults in your household ever cut the size of your meals or skip meals because there wasn't enough food?

If you answered yes to the last question, how many days did this happen?

In the last 30 days, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn't enough money for food?

In the last 30 days, were you ever hungry but didn't eat because there wasn't enough money for food?

Scoring – Each Positive Response is a point 0 – 1 – High Food Security 2 – 4 – Low Food Security 5 – Very Low Security

ACT Follow up Questions

  1. In the past 30 days, have you gone to a food pantry or a soup kitchen to obtain food?

  2. If the answer is yes, which pantry/soup kitchen?

  3. Were you able to obtain enough food from the pantry to last you the rest of the month?

  4. Were you able to obtain enough food from the pantry to last you the rest of the month? If not, for how long did the food from the party last for you and/or your family?

  5. In the past 30 days, has there been a time that you needed to obtain food, but were unable to go to a food pantry?

  6. If the answer is yes, what prevented you from being able to go to the food pantry?


New York Common Pantry

New York Common Pantry

8 East 109th Street
Phone: (917)720-9700, (212)410-2264 *Ext. 4 for Case Manager
Fax: 917-720-9665

Breakfast: M-F 8-9:30 AM
Dinner: MWF 4:30-6:00
Brown Bags: Tues, Thurs, 7pm-8pm

Desayuno: L-V 8-9:30 AM
Cena: L,M,V 4:30-6 PM
Para llevar: M,J 7-8 PM

Services: Largest nonsectarian, neighborhood-based, non-residential provider of emergency food in New York City. Food Pantry and Brown Bag service with registration. All are welcome to breakfast and dinner.

Registering for Brown Bag Service: stop by the intake office between 9 AM and 8 PM Monday-Saturday and 4 PM-8 PM on Sundays and Holidays. To register, you must bring birth certificate for children under 18, and photo ID, income/benefit letter or salary stub, and a proof of address for adults. You will be asked to declare income and expenses at the intake office.

Para registrar por servicio de para llevar: 9 AM - 8 PM Lunes a Sábado

  • certificado de niño
  • identificación
  • papeles de ingreso
  • dirección

Cost: Free

Food Stamps

Food Stamp Office - East End

2322 3rd Ave between 126th and 127th
Patients please call Lloyd Gaynor: (212) 722-2931
Homebound patients please call Ms. Dominguez: (212) 860-6231
Fax: (212)828-2916
Website: Legal Aid Foodstamps

Services: Government social service. Obtain food stamp application.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Cost: Free, no appointment necessary, will be served same day.

Boriken Neighborhood Health Center

Boriken Neighborhood Health Center

2265 Third Avenue
Phone: (212)289-6650

Hours: Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8am-5pm; Mon, 8am-7pm; weekends closed

EHCHS is a not-for-profit community-based organization established in 1965 to provide crucially needed services to residents of East Harlem. Today, EHCHS is a bilingual/bicultural organization providing a broad range of services to a largely Latino clientele. Full health and dental with pharmacy among other social programs. Available regardless of legal status

English and Spanish spoken

Appointments: Appointment or walk-on

Cost: Free or sliding scale depending on service

Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC Program

2253 Third Avenue 2nd Floor at Taino Towers [located at Boriken]
Phone: Lillian at (212)289-6650

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Services: Supplementary income. Check with specific items they are allowed to get at the market.

Eligibility: Pregnant women, and children under the age of 5. Need proof of address and income. Guidelines for income eligibility and residency requirements on website.
WIC Website

Cost: Free and sliding scale services

Appointments: Need appointment and medical referral form from doctor
Referral Instructions

Catholic Charities at St. Cecilia’s Parish

Catholic Charities at St. Cecilia’s Parish

125 E 105th St; near Park
Call Nancy Cabrera at (212)348-0488x12

Hours: Food Pantry: W 9:30 - 11:00AM; Case Management M-F 9-5

Emergency food to residents of 10029/10035. Wednesdays reserved for new immigrants.
Case Management: Rental arrears, distribute some funding for rent after assessment. Offer new carriages, beds. Also provides emergency aid, case management, tenants’ rights, immigrant advocacy. Refer to another place if necessary.

Eligibility:* Based on benefits screening. Proof of address is helpful but not essential. Immigration status not an issue.

Cost: Free

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen

252 W 116th St.
For food stamp line info: (212)566-7855
For foodbank eligibility info/consult: (212)566-7855x4
Direct contact: Daryl Foriest
Foodbank NYC Website

Soup Kitchen – Dinners served on-site and family meals packaged for pick-up

Hours: Open for dinner Monday-Friday 4-6pm

Food Pantry – fresh produce and packaged food items for pick-up

Hours: Tues 10am-3pm, Wed 2pm-6pm, Thurs 10am-3pm, Fri 10am-2pm.

Cost: Free

Harlem Greenmarket aka Fresh Connect Farmers Market

Harlem Greenmarket aka Fresh Connect Farmers Market


125th & Adam Clayton Powell in front of State Office Building

Hours: Tuesdays 10-5pm and Fridays 3-8pm Mid June through Late November

Services: Fruits and vegetables directly from farmers.

Cost: Subsidized, accepts food stamps

Leonard Covello Center

Leonard Covello Center

312 E 109th St; near 2nd ave
Call Esther at (212)423-9665

Hours: M-Fri Breakfast 830-930, Lunch 12-1

Services: Breakfast and Lunch served at the senior center

Appointments: Register with Judith, the social worker. Everyone is welcome

Cost: Breakfast 25 cents, Lunch $1

East Harlem Senior Nutrition Program

East Harlem Senior Nutrition Program

Casabe Senior Center: 150 East 121 Street
Phone: (212)722-2205

Schomburg Senior Center: 1309 5th Avenue
Phone: (212)369-9390

Hours: 9-2 every day

Services: Congregate meals, weekend meals, home bound meals referral, case assistance, information, recreational/educational activities, tax credit information, legal services

Cost: Free