Food Assistance

Emergency Food Assistance Program

More than 550 food pantries and community kitchens across the city can provide free food in an emergency. Call 311 and ask about "emergency food assistance."

General Food Assistance

The WIC program provides food, nutrition education, and referrals to low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5. Call (800) 522-5006 for more information.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance for low-income New Yorkers. Eligible New Yorkers receive a pre-filled debit card which can be used to purchase food at supermarkets and other locations.

  • Apply online or call 718-557-1399 to have an application mailed to you.
  • View this map to get application support or to find a nearby food pantry or community kitchen.