New Ways to Get Food Assistance: A ‘Community Fridge’ and a Lincoln Center Giveaway

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.

The West Side Campaign Against Hunger also runs a food pantry at 263 West 86th Street.

And Councilmember Helen Rosenthal recently sent out a list of other places to get food:

This list is not exhaustive. Click here to find food pantries and kitchens across our area.
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    1. MaryC says:

      I have canned and boxed food that I don’t need. Do any of these places take donations of such small amounts? Everything is sealed and has long expiration dates, I just don’t need them right now.

      • Rachel says:

        I went by the one on West 77th today to drop off frozen pepperoni pizzas. Two were delivered by accident and I couldn’t store them in my freezer (no space) in order to return them. The fridge and pantry were actually hard to find. I expected them to be on the sidewalk. They were up a small flight of stairs, inside a set of gates. The fridge and pantry are outside and easy to get to but they’re not visible from the street. There was a lot of variety in the pantry. I think it’s ok to donate “small amounts.” I’m sure every little bit helps. 🙂

      • Smes says:

        Yes, I donate to the Food Pantry at Holy Name all the time – they are always grateful but you need to call in advance to see what time is best for you to deliver food

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    3. Sarah says:

      What a nice gesture by the Lincoln Center musicians.

      Fill out your census, everyone!

    4. Yvette says:

      The correct listing for St. Michael’s (the last one on the list) should read:
      “St. Michael’s Episcopal Church”