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NYC Healthy Food Donation Initiative

This initiative aims to help emergency food programs (EFPs), such as food pantries and soup kitchens, increase the amount and types of healthy food they distribute to New Yorkers struggling to feed themselves and their families. Part of a citywide effort to support the health of low-income New Yorkers, the initiative provides resources to:

  • support the efforts of EFP staff and volunteers to source more nutritious food, and
  • help food companies donate healthy, surplus food.
Resources for Emergency Food Programs

EFPs strive to find and distribute the healthiest food possible. Having enough food to fill pantry bags every week can be difficult enough, let alone filling them with healthy products. The following materials help support the efforts of EFPs to increase the amount of nutritious food they distribute:

Resources for Food Companies
It’s essential for pantries and soup kitchens to distribute healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean protein and whole grains, that benefit their clients and to avoid distributing foods of minimal nutritional value, such as sugary drinks, candy and unhealthy snacks. By donating healthy surplus foods, businesses can help struggling New Yorkers while benefiting their bottom line. The following materials provide information on how businesses can easily donate to NYC’s EFPs:
Food companies throughout the city who currently donate food, or are new to food donation, are encouraged to join the NYC Healthy Food Donation Partnership. Joining demonstrates a voluntary commitment to donating healthy surplus food, while limiting donations of less nutritious food. Email the Healthy Food Partnership Form - (Español) to nychealthyliving@health.nyc.gov to add your company’s name to this list of partnership members:

  • BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
  • Bogopa Service Corporation dba Food Bazaar Supermarkets
  • FreshDirect, LLC.
  • Garden of Eden Marketplace
  • Krasdale Foods, Inc.
  • Union Market/Post Food Corporation