Founded in 1983, Food Bank For New York City’s (Food Bank) mission is to end hunger by organizing food, information, and support for community survival and dignity.
For more than 30 years, Food Bank has been New York City’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers—primarily women and children, the working poor, immigrants, the elderly, and people with disabilities—relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Since our inception, Food Bank for NYC has distributed enough food to make more than one billion meals through our network of member agencies, which now consists of approximately 1,000 neighborhood-based programs, charities, and schools across New York City.
Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including screening and enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formally known as food stamps) and free tax assistance for the working poor, puts more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers via refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 44,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget