Nutrition: Emergency Food Programs

The NYC Department of Health provides resources for food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency food programs to offer healthier foods and to provide nutrition and cooking education. We also offer resources to companies and organizations that donate food to encourage them to focus their donations on nutritious items.

Pantries and soup kitchens that distribute fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean protein and whole grains are helping struggling New Yorkers live longer, healthier lives.

Resources for Emergency Food Programs

The following materials are intended to help emergency food programs find and deliver more nutritious foods to New Yorkers who are struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Start a Nutrition Education Program

Emergency food programs are great places to offer nutrition education for staff, volunteers and clients. The Health Department supports organizations in offering healthy eating workshops and cooking demonstrations. You can get curricula, training materials and presentations for different types of programs:

For more information, email

Resources for Donors

Companies and organizations that donate healthy surplus food are helping struggling New Yorkers while also improving their bottom line. The following materials show how businesses can best help emergency food programs and themselves through healthy food donations.

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