Resources to find food banks and food programs in the tri-state area

If you’re looking to connect with your local food bank, and learn about free food distributions or apply for programs, here are some resources.

News 12 Staff

Sep 19, 2023, 8:30 AM

Updated 212 days ago

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Food banks and food programs help millions of people find food and groceries in their communities every day. 
If you’re looking to connect with your local food bank, and learn about free food distributions or apply for programs, below are some resources that can help:

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
School Breakfast Program (SBP)
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
USDA National Hunger Hotline
  • Find free food near you by calling the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY (866-348-6479) or 877-8-HAMBRE. Or visit this website.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

NATIONAL FOOD BANKS

Feed the Children
  • Feed the Children is a nonprofit organization focused on alleviating childhood hunger.
Feeding America
  • Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Their mission is to advance change in America by ensuring equitable access to nutritious food for all in partnership with food banks, policymakers, supporters, and the communities we serve.
Meals on Wheels America
  • Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America to address senior hunger and isolation.

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Food Bank
FoodPantries.org
  • FoodPantries.org provides listings of pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers.
FreeFood.org
  • FreeFood.org has a list of several food pantries and food banks in Connecticut. CLICK HERE to find one near you.

NEW JERSEY

211 NJ Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
  • CLICK HERE for a list of food pantries and soup kitchens across New Jersey.
Community Food Bank of NJ
The Food Bank of South Jersey
  • The Food Bank of South Jersey provides food to people in need, delivers health and wellness programs, and designs sustainable solutions to help people. Get help HERE.
Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean Counties
  • Fulfill provides a full suite of programs to provide the resources people need to become self-sufficient. CLICK HERE to get help.
MEND Food Network
  • MEND is an interfaith network of 22 member food pantries located throughout Essex County. CLICK HERE to find a pantry.

NEW YORK

Community Action Southold Town
  • CAST helps struggling community members meet their basic needs in the areas of nutrition, clothing, energy, employment, and education.
Feeding New York State
Feeding Westchester
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
Island Harvest
Long Island Cares
  • Long Island Cares is dedicated to serving Long Island's hungry and food insecure populations. Find food pantries HERE.
New York State Department of Health
  • To find the regional food bank that distributes food to your local county Emergency Food Relief Organizations (EFRO), click on your region as noted from the MAP HERE.
Salvation Army
  • Salvation Army food pantries provide groceries for families and individuals in need. Food is free, but some locations require appointments. CLICK HERE to find a location.

NEW YORK CITY

City Harvest
  • City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.5 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. THIS MAP shows locations currently distributing food. 
Food Bank for New York City
  • Food Bank For New York City is a nonprofit social services organization and a hunger-relief organization working against hunger in the five boroughs. CLICK HERE to find food pantries near you, and a schedule for mobile pantries and popup distributions.
FoodPantries.org
  • FoodPantries.org provides listings of pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers.
Get Food NYC
  • USE THIS MAP to find locations that offer free food (food pantries and soup kitchens), as well as grocery stores and farmers' markets.
Health Information Tool for Empowerment
  • The Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) is an online directory offering information on more than 6,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. CLICK HERE for places where you can find food assistance in NYC.


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