Food Bank for New York City


Food Bank For New York City recognizes 29 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As one of the country's largest food banks, our mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. As the city's hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support  and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research.

There are 2.9 million New Yorkers who experience difficulty affording food — an astounding number and one that continues to increase as the donated food supply drops to an all-time low and food costs skyrocket. To address this issue, the Food Bank procures and distributes food to a network of more than 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, helping to provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. In addition, CookShop, our government-funded nutrition education program reaches approximately 30,000 children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamp direct service and outreach and training and advocacy; as well as Free Income Tax Services for the working poor that last year put more than $65 million back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers through tax refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, the Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts.

As an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, the Food Bank meets the Better Business Bureau's charity standards. The Food Bank is a certified member of both Feeding America and the Food Bank Association of New York State. To view our Form 990, click here.  For a consolidated financial audit, click here.

Who We Are

Meet the Food Bank staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Committees that keep the Food Bank running to help New Yorkers in need.

Core Values

In our mission to end hunger, the Food Bank stands on four core values that embrace what we believe in, what we stand for, and how we approach everything we do.

Our History

Learn about the Food Bank's accomplishments since 1983, when the organization was founded to address the growing needs of New Yorkers seeking emergency food assistance.