Reducing Hunger in NYC


"You can literally help put more food on your neighbors' tables."

- New York City Human Resources Administration
Thousands of New Yorkers qualify but do not currently have access to food assistance programs like SNAP and WIC. In partnership with the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, NYC Service mobilizes a volunteer corps to reach these eligible New Yorkers. 

Reducing Hunger Service Initiative

The goal of this city-wide service initiative is to reduce food insecurity in NYC by engaging volunteers in activities that connect people with public nutrition benefits – such as SNAP (food stamps), WIC (Women, Infants, Children), and Summer Meals – and build capacity of emergency feeding programs.

Food insecurity in New York City is still at an historically high level since the 2008 recession, with one in six residents and one in five children in the city living in homes that can’t afford enough food, according to federal data analyzed by NYC Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH). Federal nutrition programs, such as SNAP, WIC, and the Summer Meals, provide vital supplemental resources that help eligible recipients meet their daily food needs. Currently in NYC, 1.8 million people receive SNAP benefits; however, an estimated 500,000 people are eligible, but not receiving SNAP. WIC is an effective program to ensure women and young children receive adequate nutrition, but it is also underutilized, as is the Summer Meals program. In addition, the network of 1,100 food pantries and soup kitchens in NYC help fill the gap where these safety net programs fall short. However, many of these organizations are small and have limited capacity to effectively and efficiently meet their clients’ needs year-round. 

Volunteers can have an impact by increasing access to federal nutrition benefits, and providing skills-based support to build capacity of community-based organizations to more efficiently and effectively meet their clients’ needs. 

New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Met Council, New York Cares, and GrowNYC offer volunteer opportunities to support the capacity for SNAP and WIC Outreach, SNAP Pre-screening, and Skills Based Volunteer positions as part of the Reducing Hunger Service Initiative.


Hunger Related Volunteer Opportunities:

Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC SNAP Volunteer

The Momentum Project Pantry Volunteer 

Church of the Village Community Meal Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Hunger Project with New York Cares

City Meals on-Wheels: Deliver to Homebound Elderly

City Meals on-Wheels Pantry

Part Of The Solution Culinary Volunteer

Part Of The Solution Pantry Volunteer

Hour Children Food Pantry

New York School of Urban Ministry Pantry

God's Love We Deliver Meal Assembly