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Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) | NYC Human Resources Administration

Food Everyone

There are two ways to get free food quickly: get groceries from a food pantry, or a cooked meal from a community kitchen. Find the closest food pantries and community kitchens by using the Food Map.

  • For urgent food and hunger needs, call the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777 or 311. You'll be provided with hours of operation and directions to the nearest food pantries and community kitchens
  • Everyone is eligible for emergency food assistance, regardless of immigration status or how much money you have
  • Food pantries and community kitchens exist in all five boroughs
  • If you often need help buying food, use ACCESS NYC to see if you're eligible for SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits
  • Some locations offer kosher food


Am I Eligible?

Everyone is eligible for emergency food assistance, regardless of immigration status or how much money you have.


How Can I Get Help?

 

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Money to buy food

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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SNAP benefits can help you feed your family with fresh and healthy groceries.

Updated December 4, 2019