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Browse the below links to learn about the Food Bank's Direct Services as well as sources of assistance available to New Yorkers in need from other nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

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Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem
The Food Bank's Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem operates a food pantry as well as a soup kitchen with congregate meals, family meals for pick-up and a meals-on-heels program in central Harlem.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
The Food Bank's CSA Program connects Harlem with New York State farmers to bring healthy, fresh and affordable food to low-income New Yorkers.

Food Stamp Direct Service & Outreach
As the premiere food stamp outreach and enrollment organization throughout the five boroughs, the Food Bank's Food Stamp Direct Service & Outreach program works to educate and connect directly with low-income New Yorkers to ensure access to this key piece of the hunger safety net. 

Food Stamp Training & Advocacy
The Food Bank's Training & Advocacy program offers innovative workshops that equip community agencies with the tools to successfully implement a food stamp access program. Recognizing that one size does not fit all for community-based organizations with often-limited staff and resources, the Food Bank offers three participation levels that can be scaled and customized to fit any agency.

Free Income Tax Services
The Food Bank's Free Income Tax Services Program provides low-income New Yorkers with free tax preparation services as well as information on how to access the various credits they are entitled to. The program — which prepared more than 30,000 tax returns that provided over $60 million in tax benefits and credits for New York's low-income individuals and households last year — operates fourteen assistance sites throughout the five boroughs, during the February–April tax season.

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Food Bank For New York City Food Program Locator
Utilize the Food Bank's Food Program Locator to search for food pantries, soup kitchens and senior centers by borough, program type or zip code.

NYCETC Training Program Database
Use the New York City Employment & Training Coalition's (NYCETC) Training Program Database to find employment, training and education programs. The database allows you to specify the skill set you are looking for and provides links to events and organizations pertaining to workforce development.

SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
Find a substance abuse treatment program near you. The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides am online resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs. The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator lists private and public facilities that are licensed, certified or otherwise approved for inclusion by their state substance abuse agency as well as treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Department of Defense.

Summer Food Service Program (Summer Meals)
When school closes for summer, thousands of children lose access to free and low-cost school meals that their families rely on to stretch their food budget. To help ease the strain of the summer months, the NYC Department of Education provides free meals to all children under the age of 19 all summer long at sites citywide — including schools, parks, pools, community centers and libraries – through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP, also known as Summer Meals). Visit the DOE Summer Meals program locater to find sites near you.

United Way of NYC CARESTM Database
Access the United Way of NYC CARES(tm) database to find social-service agencies and community programs throughout New York City.

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Bottomless Closet
Bottomless Closet is a nonprofit organization that promotes economic self-sufficiency by providing interview skills, business clothing and ongoing career development and support programs to economically disadvantaged New York City women.

Career Gear
Career Gear is a nonprofit organization that fills the gap between job-training programs and employment by providing men with the interview clothing, motivation and follow-up support that helps them get jobs and keep jobs.

Kingsborough Community College
Kingsborough Community College provides food service operations, hospitality operations and management training that emphasizes hands-on skills and industry certification. With the assistance of an employment specialist, participants will enter employment in the food service or hospitality field upon successful completion of training. If you are between 18 and 24 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and are not currently employed or enrolled in school, you may apply. To schedule an appointment to find out if you qualify, call 718.368.5568 or email

NYCETC Training Program Database
Use the New York City Employment & Training Coalition's (NYCETC) Training Program Database to find employment, training and education programs. The database allows you to specify the skill set you are looking for and provides links to events and organizations pertaining to workforce development.

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Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has published multiple fact sheets about current disability programs and benefits available to the general public.  The SSA has also published special information for those living with HIV/AIDS. These publications include information on understanding Social Security benefits, Social Security for people living with HIV/AIDS, disability benefits, how you earn Social Security credits and filing appeals with SSA. All publications are available in English, Español and audio versions. SSA offers a very comprehensive website that we encourage you to take a look at. If you or someone you know is in need of large quantities of these publications please feel free to contact Tangela Richardson at 410.966.4637 or via email at

Financial Institutions
A special set of financial institutions — Community Development Credit Unions and Community Development Banks — help low-income communities by responsibly serving the financial service needs of their residents. The institutions can help you reach your financial goals, whether they are a safe place, to save money, build assets, establish or repair credit or acquire money management skills. These financial institutions provide savings and checking accounts; a diverse group of loan products, including personal, small business, mortgage and debt consolidation loans; money remittances; check cashing; and bill payment. They also assist their members to build their assets through free tax preparation, homeownership counseling, one-on-one financial education and other community development services.

Here are a few institutions we would like to hightlight. This list by no means encompasses all such institutions in New York City.

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Law Help
Law Help is a nonprofit organization that helps low- and moderate-income people find free legal aid programs in their communities and answers to questions about their legal rights. They can assist in finding information to help with problems related to housing, work, family, bankruptcy, disability, immigration and other topics.

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Citymeals-on-Wheels provides nutritious food and human company to homebound elderly New Yorkers. Through the support of the New York City Department for the Aging, Citymeals-on-wheels is able to provide home delivered meals to qualifying senor citizens. Many programs in the Food Bank's citywide network of food assistance programs, including the Commuinty Kitchen in Harlem, also provides home delivered meals through meals-on-wheels and meals-on-heels programs. Check to see if your local food assistance program provides such service.

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ACCESS NYC is a free service that identifies and screens for more than 30 city, state and federal human service benefit programs. It is a resource for people to find out about programs relating to employment, financial assistance, food, health care, health insurance and housing. A person can use the service anonymously or they can create an account. ACCESS NYC is not part of any application processes. Additional steps must be taken to apply for the programs listed.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC) serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating and referrals to other health care and social services.


Food Bank For New York City, in partnership with Feeding America and SafeLink, is now able to offer free cell phones for qualified individuals. SafeLink is a free cell phone service for people who are receiving public assistance or meet income guidelines. Each qualifying person will receive a cell phone with 68 minutes of talk time per month for free! This will help people who may not otherwise have a cell phone with their important communications.

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