Hunger Free NYC is the New York City Affiliate of Hunger Free America
Currently, Hunger Free NYC Serves Low-Income New Yorkers Through the Following Programs:
Benefits Access staff help local families access SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, leveraging millions of dollars each year to fill up grocery carts. It also distributes more than 200,000 Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance, which are published in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, & Russian.
Increasing Access to Food & Benefits:
Our Benefits Access team busts through red tape to help low-income New Yorkers access vital food benefits. We aid individuals and families through each step of the SNAP application process, from conducting pre-screenings and filing applications to serving as client advocates. We also provide support with recertifications, ensuring that eligible families continue to receive benefits without interruption. Our multi-lingual staff speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, and Cantonese; enabling us to work across four of the five boroughs in diverse communities.
SNAP / Food Stamps Application & Recertification:
Our Benefits Access team connects eligible individuals with SNAP benefits through application and recertification assistance at sites across the city.
WIC Outreach in Staten Island:
HFNYC has joined together with Hunger Solutions New York in an initiative from the NYSDOH to work in Staten Island to increase the number of families receiving benefits from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). As part of our work, we conduct outreach activities at different sites across the island, as well as prescreenings and referrals to the WIC clinics in order to ensure that each participant who is found eligible has an appointment and all the requirements ready for it. Thanks to a grant that we recently received from Uber Community Impact Initiatives, we are also providing rides to the WIC clinics for the most vulnerable moms and children whose transportation might be a barrier.
Contact our WIC Help Specialist for more information: Lily Dosina, (646) 930-4526
Use our NYC Nutrition Benefits Calculator to see if you're eligible now!
After using our Benefits Calculator, call one of our Benefits Specialists for assistance submitting your application:
Christina Tu: (646) 935-3513 Ctu@hungerfreenyc.org (Chinese/ English)
Gira Peguero: (646) 350-0353 Gpeguero@hungerfreenyc.org (Spanish/English)
Ari Suarez: (646) 863-7122 Asuarez@hungerfreenyc.org (Spanish/English)
-NYC Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance-
For the past ten years our Benefits Access Department has been distributing these invaluable guides to low-income community members across the city. To date, it has distributed over 1 million copies of our Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance, which are published in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, & Russian. For more information, or to order in bulk, please contact Angelica Gibson at 646-350-3833, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate to the Guides to Food and Assistance Program, please go here!
-Food Action Board Program-
The goal of the FAB (Food Action Board) Program is to enable community members to develop the leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills to stand up for their rights and speak out on their own behalf. Members play leadership roles in the effort to promote food security and economic opportunity through:
Visiting and lobbying leading elected officials
Speaking out to the national and local news media
Presenting at and attending community events
These efforts push to create more living wage jobs and ensure that everyone and every neighborhood has access to affordable, nutritious food.