Hunger Free NYC is the New York City Affiliate of Hunger Free America
Currently, Hunger Free NYC Serves Low-Income New Yorkers By Helping Them Enroll in Federally-Funded Food Assistance Programs
Hunger Free NYC’s Benefits Access team is here to help New Yorkers access food benefits programs, like the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children) programs. Applying for SNAP and WIC can be difficult and confusing, and language barriers often prevent eligible New Yorkers from applying. Our multilingual team is here to make sure you navigate the application process successfully and start receiving monthly food benefits. HF NYC staff speak English, Spanish, Portugese, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, Hindi, and Urdu.
How to Reach the Benefits Access Team:
Hunger Free NYC's Bronx office is located at 938 Sheridan Ave, Bronx, NY,10451. We are open from Monday - Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Call our Benefits Access team to make an in-person appointment or to receive SNAP and WIC assistance over the phone:
English: (646) 355-1475 Mandarin/Cantonese: (646) 935-3513
Spanish: (347) 599-1510 Russian: (332) 600-5425
Increasing Access to Food & Benefits:
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can alleviate financial stress for low-income families by providing monthly funds to buy groceries. Our team will help you find out if you qualify, based on income requirements that take into consideration your income, costs of childcare, costs of care for elderly family members, and more. After determining SNAP eligibility, Hunger Free NYC will walk you through every step of the SNAP application process, from assembling the documents required to apply for SNAP, to helping you upload documents onto Access HRA (NYC’s portal for applying for SNAP). If you encounter problems along the way – for example if your SNAP benefits don’t arrive, or if you are approved to receive fewer benefits than you should – Hunger Free NYC will advocate on your behalf to make sure you get the food assistance you need. We are here to make applying and renewing for SNAP as easy as possible. Use our Benefits Calculator to see if you qualify for SNAP benefits.
SNAP / Food Stamps Application & Recertification:
Our Benefits Access team is still available to help after you start receiving SNAP benefits. When it comes time to re-certify for SNAP benefits, we will help you submit all necessary documents to stay enrolled in SNAP. In addition, if you have applied for SNAP in the past and your case has been denied, we can help you re-submit your application and advocate on your behalf if we determine that you are eligible for SNAP benefits.
Hunger Free NYC helps eligible families enroll in the WIC program - a special supplemental nutrition assistance program for women, infants and children. WIC serves pregnant women, women who have recently given birth, and all children under five. WIC provides monthly food benefits for groceries, in addition to breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals and more. Hunger Free NYC helps families through every step of the WIC application. We let families know if they qualify, help them assemble the documents needed to apply, and then refer clients to a local WIC clinic. If clients encounter problems with their application, we advocate on their behalf. All pregnant women and children under 5 – regardless of immigration status – can enroll in the WIC program, provided they meet income eligibility requirements. Thanks to a grant that we recently received from Uber Community Impact Initiatives, we are also providing rides to WIC clinics for the most vulnerable moms and children whose transportation might be a barrier. Learn more about the WIC Program.
Use our NYC Nutrition Benefits Calculator now to see if you're eligible for SNAP or WIC!
If you do not qualify for SNAP or WIC, our Benefits Access specialists will still help you put food on the table, by helping you sign up for food assistance programs like the GetFood Delivery Program.
Read some of our success stories to find out how Hunger Free NYC can help you get through an economic recession, deal with a sudden loss of employment, or make ends meet as a pregnant woman or parent with young kids.
Interested in advocating for increased food access, higher wages, and a healthier community? Check out Hunger Free NYC's Food Action Board and learn how you can get involved in the people's movement to end hunger!