Organizations combating food insecurity in New York during the coronavirus pandemic

Food Insecurity NYC
Posted at 3:33 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 19:57:33-04

NEW YORK — According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, nearly 1 in 5 households in the U.S. are experiencing a layoff or reduction in work hours as a result of COVID-19. Low income households have been hit the hardest.

The staggering economic impact of the pandemic will likely cause a dramatic increase in the need for food in the days and weeks ahead.

Here are several organizations dedicated to combating food insecurity in New York during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

Food Bank for New York City

As a leading hunger-relief organization in NYC, the food bank is dedicated to providing emergency food to vulnerable New Yorkers who may be quarantined, along with those impacted by the economic downturn.

City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables.
City Harvest is stepping up to rescue and deliver more food to meet the need during this unprecedented time and we’ll work hard to make sure all children in New York and their families have enough food.

Citymeals on Wheels

As the designated emergency responder for New York City’s seniors, Citymeals has delivered a total of 450,000 emergency meals. Citymeals is now serving an additional 22,000 older New Yorkers who typically get their breakfast and lunch at local senior centers.

No Kid Hungry
1 in 7 children in America faces hunger, all across the United States, in every community. It's real. With your help, we can change it.
There are many ways you can donate to feed hungry kids and support No Kid Hungry’s work: ensuring that every child in America gets the food they need. Get in touch with No Kid Hungry directly at or by calling 800-222-1767.

Community Food Bank of NJ

The Community Food bank fights hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions.

Long Island Cares

This organization was founded as the first food bank on Long Island, NY in 1980 by the late Grammy Award winning songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin. The organization provides nutritional food and support services for a network of more than 580 community based member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child care programs, disability organization, veterans services programs and more.

God’s Love We Deliver

God’s Love We Deliver cooks and home-delivers nutritious, medically tailored meals for people too sick to shop or cook for themselves. God’s Love is non-sectarian organization serving people in need and their children and caregivers. All services are provided free to clients and full of love. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to afflict New York City, God’s Love We Deliver is currently cooking and delivering 9,2000 medically tailored meals daily and ramping up operations to serve an additional 2,000 clients, anticipating delivering an additional 2,000 meals each weekday.

Island Harvest

Island Harvest Food Bank serves people in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Now, more than ever, people are turning to Island Harvest for help. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Island Harvest has increased the purchase of emergency response food by more than 50%, collected thousands of pounds of donated products and distributed food to families in need across Long Island.