Food and Nutrition


NEW: Food Pantry Locator (Aunt Bertha)

Use this much nicer looking website to begin a search for food pantries in the area. Aunt Bertha.

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

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.

Cost: Free

New York Common Pantry - Spanish

New York Common Pantry Información de Contacto: 8 East 109th Street Teléfono: (917)720-9700, (212)410-2264 *Ext. 4 para administrador de casos El fax: 917-720-9665 Sitio de web:

Horas: Desayuno: lunes a viernes 8-9:30 AM Cena: lunes, miércoles, viernes 4:30-6:00 Bolsas de papel: martes, jueves, 7pm-8pm

Servicios: El dispenso de alimentos más grande en Nueva York. No sectario, basado en en barrio, no residencial. Tienen servicios del dispenso de alimentos y un servicio de bolsas de papel (comida para llevar) con el registro. Todos son muy bienvenidos para desayunar y cenar.

Haciendo el registro para el servicio de bolsas de papel (comida para llevar): Vaya a la oficina de "intake" entre las 9 de la mañana y las 8 de la noche el lunes hasta el sábado, y las 4 hasta las 8 los domingos y días de fiesta. Para hacer el registro, se tiene que llevar el certificado de nacimiento para todos los niños que tienen menos de 18 años, su DNI (que tiene una foto de usted), una carta que muestra los ingresos o un recibo de sueldo, y el comprobante de domicilio. Se tiene que declarar todos sus ingresos y gastos en la oficina "Intake."

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

certificado de niño identificación papeles de ingreso dirección
El costo: Gratis

Link to printable pdf in spanish here.

Food Stamps

Food Stamp Office - East End

165 East 126th Street, New York, NY 10035
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

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Services: Government social service. Obtain food stamp application.
Appointments: Case interviews require appointment. Questions about opening a case and benefits in general , as well as information regarding already open cases do not need appointments. Cost: Free
Eligibility: Proof of citizenship or alien registration card (alien residency must have been held for 5 or more years), valid photo ID, proof of birth, as well as proof of income. Proof of income can include employer pay-stubs as well as personal transaction records for self-employed individuals.
Languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese.

For American Sign Language it is recommended to notify office ahead of visit to ensure an ASL interpreter can be present at the time of the appointment.

Boriken Neighborhood Health Center

Boriken Neighborhood Health Center

2253 Third Avenue, Third Floor, New York, NY 10035 Phone: (212)289-6650

Hours: Monday 8am - 7pm, Tuesday - Friday 8am - 5pm, weekends closed

Boriken Neighborhood Health Center (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.

Appointments: Appointment or walk-on
Cost: Free or sliding scale depending on service
Eligibility: Available regardless of legal status.
Languages: English, Spanish

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: Provides services to those with basic needs issues, including clothing, emergency aid, shelter, food, housing, social security, and transportation.
Appointments: Need appointment and medical referral form from doctor
Referral Instructions 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

Catholic Charities at St. Cecilia’s Parish

Catholic Charities at St. Cecilia’s Parish

125 East 105th Street (near Park Avenue) Call Nancy Cabrera at (212)348-0488x12

Hours: Food Pantry: Wednesday - Friday 9:30am - 11am, Case Management: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

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
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 in supermarket-style setting; Registered clients can pick up food items and produce on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 11am-3:30pm as well as Wednesday from 1-8pm.

Cost: Free
Appointments: To register, visit on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 3:30-5 pm or Wednesday from 11am-1pm. Please bring proof of address.
Eligibility: For food bank eligibility info/consult: (212)566-7855x4
Languages: English

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 10am - 7pm, Mid-July through 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: Monday - Friday, Breakfast: 8:30am - 9:30am, Lunch: 12pm - 1pm

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
Eligibility: Seniors
Languages: English

East Harlem Senior Nutrition Program

East Harlem Senior Nutrition Program (Casabe Senior Center)

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

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

Building Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9AM - 4PM Wednesday 9AM - 1PM Lunch Hours: 12PM - 1PM

Services: Congregate meals, homebound meals referral, case assistance, information, recreational/education activities, tax credit and legal services information and referrals.
Cost: Free
Languages: English and Spanish available. Translation service for 32+ additional languages.
Appointments: No appointment required, but should make one if seeing case manager. Accept Walk-In’s
Eligibility: Individuals over 60 years old