Parish-supported food pantries provide nutritious, fresh food and staples for low-income people throughout New York. With a focus on dignity and choice, pantries ensure that homebound seniors, working parents, school-age children and even infants receive the nourishment they need to thrive in their communities.
Programs awarded funding in the 2017 Basic Human Needs grant cycle include:
Atonement Food Pantry
Church of the Atonement, Bronx
1344 Beach Avenue Bronx, New York 10472
Director: Maureen Bramble
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. William Beckles
Hours of Operation: Second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10 am – 12 noon
Atonement Food Pantry distributes food baskets to individuals and families who need emergency food assistance. The food distributed will consist of staples, fruits, vegetables, and meat such as chicken when available. They also distribute pamphlets and brochures concerning proper nutrition.
Brewster Community Food Pantry
St. Andrew’s Church, Brewster and St. James’ Church, North Salem
26 Prospect St., Brewster, NY 10509
Director: Sue Burcroff
Clergy in Charge: Warden Josh Leicht
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – noon; Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Brewster Community Food Pantry is a collaboration between members of St. James’ and St. Andrews’ Episcopal Churches, as well as a members of a local Catholic church, students at local schools and the wider community. The Pantry operates twice a week and serves more than 1,800 families every year. In addition, they distribute clothing, household items, and childrens’ toys and books, and provide health screenings and social service referrals.
Brown Bag Lunch & Food Pantry
St. Thomas’ Church, Mamaroneck
168 Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Director: Pamela Sullivan
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Carol Gadsden
Hours of Operation: Lunch and pantry – Tuesdays, 11:00am-noon
St. Thomas Church serves weekly brown bag lunches, runs a choice pantry and links with community agencies to provide referrals to other social services in the Mamaroneck area.
Caring Hands Food Pantry
St. John’s Church, Monticello
15 St. John St., Monticello, NY 12701
Director: Jennifer Thomkins
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Diana S. Scheide
Hours of Operation: First four Tuesdays of each month, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Serving more than 11,000 people a year, the Caring Hands Food Pantry provides food and hygiene items in a client-choice format to low-income residents of the Monticello area. The pantry refers clients to other services as needed.
Christ Church Community Outreach
Christ Church (New Brighton), Staten Island
76 Franklin Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
Director: The Rev. Deacon Geraldine Swanson
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Victoria Duncan
Hours of Operation: Hot lunch is served at Trinity Lutheran Soup Kitchen: Every second Saturday each month. Food distributed through SI Community Supported Agriculture: Every Tuesday, June –November. Holiday Baskets: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter
Christ Church provides holiday meal baskets for 300 Staten Island households on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. During the growing season, Christ Church provides fresh produce to low-income families through a Community-Supported-Agriculture program, and parishioners partner with Trinity Lutheran Church throughout the year to serve a monthly meal to low-income neighbors.
Comida de Vida/Food of Life Pantry
St. Thomas Church, Amenia Union
40 Leedsville Road, Amenia Union, NY 12501
Director/Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Betsy Fisher
Hours of Operation: Fridays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
St. Thomas’ “Food of Life” Pantry serves a large rural region where poverty is often invisible. Community members welcome their neighbors in need every week at a client-choice pantry. In addition to the usual food pantry staples, pantry visitors receive a portion of the harvest from an onsite vegetable garden, and benefit from the generosity of area farmers who donate eggs, produce, milk and meat. St. Thomas also offers referrals to social services as well as paper goods, children’s books and school supplies.
Community Center of Northern Westchester Food Pantry
Church of the Good Shepherd, Granite Springs
39 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527
Director: Clare Murray
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Hal Roarke
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Food Pantry at the Community Center of Northern Westchester is a “choice” pantry that distributes 5 days’ worth of food per client each month. In 2014, the Community Center, which also provides low-cost clothing and job skills training, had almost 7,300 visits.
Community Meal and Food Pantry
St. Mary’s Church, Staten Island
347 Davis Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310
Director: Cathy Carlson
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. H. Dagnall Free, Jr.
Hours of Operation: First Saturdays of the month from 4:00-6:00pm
Every first Saturday of the month, the Food Pantry at St. Mary’s on Staten Island provides a hearty community meal, a pre-packed bag of groceries and a space for community members to gather and find fellowship. In 2014, the program’s first year of operation, they were able to serve almost 500 guests.
Community Food Pantry
St. Mary’s Church, Mohegan Lake
1836 East Main Street, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
Director: Terry Berardi
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Claire Woodley
Hours of Operation: Saturdays, 9:30- 11:00 am
The Food Pantry at St. Mary’s is an interfaith nonprofit providing supplemental and emergency food and nutrition and health referrals, while advocating around issues affecting the hungry and homeless. Last year, they provided food to over 2,200 unduplicated residents of Mohegan Lake and the greater Yorktown-Cortlandt area.
Church of the Ascension Food Pantry
Church of the Ascension, Mt. Vernon
104 Park Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Director: Linda James
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Canon Patricia S. Mitchell
Hours of Operation: last Saturday of each month, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Following the closure of two local food pantries, the Food Bank of Westchester asked the Church of the Ascension in Mt. Vernon to become a distribution site. Operations began in May, 2016, and the food panty served 1,300 guests in its first four months of operation.
Fed by Grace Food Pantry
Grace Church, Port Jervis
84 Seward Ave., Port Jervis, NY 12771
Director: Anita Gawronski & Patricia Rennish
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Canon David Lee Carlson
Hours of Operation: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Serving an impoverished, rural area, Grace Church offers a monthly client choice pantry. Last year, they served almost 4,000 guests.
St. Peter’s Church, Peekskill
137 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY
Director: Cynthia B. Knox
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Jan Nunley
Hours of Operation: Saturdays, 9 am – 11 am
Fred’s Pantry, the first “choice” food pantry serving Peekskill and the surrounding area offers consumers healthy choices that meet their particular dietary needs and helps people maintain a sense of dignity when trying to overcome food insecurity and meet the basic needs of their families.
The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
St. Mark’s Church, Mount Kisco
300 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Director: Robert Cummings
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. William Doubleday
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Wednesdays & Fridays food delivery to those unable to visit due to physical limitations and/or age
The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry is a coalition of 12 faith communities dedicated to providing supplemental food to people in need in the greater Mount Kisco area. The Pantry, which served almost 32,000 clients last year, is open twice a week and also makes delivieries to homebound guests. Additional services include nutrition and wellness education and help with WIC and SNAP benefit applications.
Love Food Programs
St. Peter’s Church, Bronx
2500 Westchester Ave., Bronx, NY 10461
Director: Cheryl Seeley
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Joade Dauer-Cardasis
Hours of Operation: Love Kitchen, Thursdays, 12:00-2:00pm | Love Pantry 3rd Tuesday of the month, 12-2:00pm
The Love Kitchen and Pantry serves almost 13,000 people every year with their once a month choice pantry and weekly hot meal service.
New York Common Pantry
Church of Heavenly Rest, Manhattan
8 East 109th Street, New York, 10029
Director: Stephen Grimaldi
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Matthew Heyd
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 8am-4pm
The New York Common Pantry is dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. Comprehensive services include a choice pantry, case management services, hot meals, brown bag meals, nutrition classes, and shower and laundry facilities for homeless individuals.
The Pantry at SUNY Ulster
St. Andrew’s Church, New Paltz
491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Director/Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Robin L. James
Hours of Operation: Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The mission of the Pantry at SUNY Ulster [Community College] is to provide food to students and their families to mitigate food insecurity, increase nutrition, and improve academic success, within a respectful and supportive environment.
San Andres Food Pantry
Iglesia San Andres, Yonkers
22 Post Street, Yonkers, NY 10705
Director: Beatriz Castrillon
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Alejandra Trillos
Hours of Operation: First and third Mondays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Westchester County, San Andres is a vibrant parish offering a wide array of services for the community. San Andres provides a choice food pantry, ESL and nutrition classes, immigration services and food delivery for the homebound elderly and ill.
Sloatsburg Food Pantry
St. Mary’s Church, Tuxedo Park
93 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974
Director: Susan Meyer
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Canon Bruce Woodcock
Hours of Operation: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, though the pantry’s services are available seven days a week to meet emergency food needs
The Sloatsburg Food Pantry is the only pantry serving the rural Sloatsburg area. It is an ecumenical outreach program providing nutritious food to low-income people and food delivery for people without access to transportation. They also provide nutrition workshops, social service referrals and ESL classes.
Sts. John, Paul & Clement Food Pantry
The Church of Saints John, Paul & Clement, Mount Vernon
126 S. Ninth Ave., Mount Vernon, NY 10551
Director: Louise Taitt
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Canon Patricia S. Mitchell
Hours of Operation: Fridays, 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Pantry is closed in July.
A small church in a high poverty area, the church of Saints John, Paul and Clement operates a weekly choice food pantry to feed those in need. Last year they distributed 5,000 food packages.
St. Ann’s Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
St. Ann’s Church of Morrisania, Bronx
295 St. Ann’s Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454
Director: Bernice King
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Martha Overall
Hours of Operation: Food Pantry – Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. Soup Kitchen – Sundays, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
In the nation’s poorest congressional district, St. Ann’s 40-year-old feeding programs reach over 80,000 Bronx residents each year with a biweekly food pantry and a weekly hot meal. They also provide clothing and social service referrals.
St. Edmund’s Food Pantry
St. Edmund’s Church, Bronx
1905 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Director: Elaine Bedminster
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Benjamin Nnaji
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
St. Edmund’s Food Pantry in the Bronx distributes much needed food packages every week and periodically offers nutrition classes and social service referrals.
St. George’s Food Pantry
St. George’s Church, Newburgh
105 Grand St., Newburgh, NY 12550
Director: Alan Nucifore
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dustin Trowbridge
Hours of Operation: Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
St. George’s Food Pantry has been serving the poor of Newburgh since the 1990s, and last year they distributed food to over 12,000 guests. The program partners with Occupations, Inc. to provide developmentally disabled adults with work experience at the pantry. Community health partners visit the pantry to provide information and referrals to health services. The pantry also provides flu shots and other social service referrals.
St. Mary’s Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
St. Mary’s Church, West Harlem
521 West 126th St., New York, NY 10027
Director: Ameya Biradavolou
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Mary L. Foulke
Hours of Operation: Food Pantry – Mondays, 4:30–6:00pm. Outreach Soup Kitchen – Saturdays, 2:00–4:00pm
St. Mary’s–the “Be Not Afraid” church–offers a range of services to the people of West Harlem including a choice food pantry, a soup kitchen, a weekly movie night and postal service for the homeless, a thrift store and a brown bag lunch delivery program for the homeless around Harlem.
St. Paul’s Food Pantry
St. Paul’s, Poughkeepsie
161 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Director: Daphne Barrett
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Tyler Jones
Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
St. Paul’s Church, located in a high-poverty area of Poughkeepsie, operates a choice food pantry and thrift shop every week, and hosts special events for guests throughout the year. St. Paul’s provided food for 2,500 households last year.
St. Peter’s Food Pantry
St. Peter’s, Chelsea, Manhattan
346 W 20 St, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 929-2390
Director: Alice Blount-Fenney
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Stephen Harding
Hours of Operation: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
St. Peter’s Food Pantry provides 300-450 bags of non-perishable, nutritionally balanced food supplies to its guests every week. Last year they served almost 23,000 people.
Rondout Valley Food Pantry
Christ the King, Stone Ridge
3021 Route 213 East, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Director: Lourd Basten
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Alison Quin
Hours of Operation: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Rondout Valley Food Pantry provides nourishment, education and advocay for individuals and families in need. Food is distributed biweekly and their Backpack Program supplies children with supplimentary food during the school year. In 2017 they will begin a collaborative project with the chaplaincy program at SUNY New Paltz to offer a mobile food pantry to students at SUNY Ulster.
Zion Church Food Pantry
Zion Church, Wappingers Falls
12 Satterlee Place, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Director: Nancy Carlough
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Deborah Magdalene
Hours of Operation: Wednesdays: 12:30 – 2:00pm; 6:30 – 7:30pm
The Food Pantry at Zion Church, which has been in operation since 1976, provides nutritious food to 150 families each week. Staff also assist guests in accessing social services including support groups, job services and housing services.
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