Unemployment is high and lots of people are struggling. There are several organizations in the neighborhood that have pantries or weekly food giveaways. And there are two new options to help people who need food.
On Thursday starting at 11 a.m., Lincoln Center will host a pop-up food pantry in conjunction with the Food Bank For New York City. They’ll be giving away “fresh produce and shelf-stable items to approximately 500 of New York’s families in need. The distribution will also include donations of frozen meals from Tiller & Hatch, and plant-based protein from Impossible Foods.” People will be there to help attendees fill out applications for SNAP benefits and Census forms. And there will be music too! “Musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and MET Orchestra Musicians will be on-site to provide music for visitors to enjoy while they wait in line.”
In addition, a community fridge was set up earlier this month at West End Collegiate Church at 77th between West End & Broadway. Initially, it was only perishable foods, but the church was also getting a lot of donations of non-perishables and has set up a pantry next to the fridge. It’s open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Their Instagram has more info, including how to donate.
And Councilmember Helen Rosenthal recently sent out a list of other places to get food:
- National Council of Jewish Women (241 W. 72nd St.)
- Holy Name Church (@Franciscan Community Center, 214 W. 97th St., 212-932-8040)
- Advent Lutheran Church (2504 Broadway, 212-665-2504)
- Church of Christ and St. Stephen’s (120 W. 69th St., 212-787-2755)
- All Angels’ Church (251 W. 80th St., 212-362-9300, x 225)
- St Michael’s Episcopalian Church (225 W 99th St., 212-222-2700)