NYC Food Request from the Mayor's Office of Food Policy

Jan 11, 2019


Are you in need of food assistance in NYC? Look no further! The Mayor's Office of Food Policy is here to help. Our mission is to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to nutritious and affordable food. Whether you're facing financial difficulties, experiencing food insecurity, or looking for resources to support your community, we've got you covered.

Food Assistance Programs

Our office coordinates various food assistance programs to address the needs of individuals and families. We understand the importance of a well-balanced diet and strive to provide access to nutritious food options for all New Yorkers.

1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is a federal assistance program that helps eligible individuals and families purchase food. With SNAP benefits, you can buy a wide range of food items, including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, and more. Our office can help you determine if you qualify for SNAP and guide you through the application process.

2. Emergency Food Assistance Program

In times of crisis, the Emergency Food Assistance Program offers immediate support to individuals and families in need. Through partnerships with local food banks, community organizations, and soup kitchens, we distribute emergency food supplies to those who require immediate relief.

3. School Meals Program

Our office collaborates with the NYC Department of Education to ensure that students in public schools have access to nutritious meals. The School Meals Program provides breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals to students, promoting healthy eating habits and academic success.

4. Senior Nutrition Program

We prioritize the well-being of our senior community members through the Senior Nutrition Program. This initiative provides nutritious meals and support services to seniors, helping to combat isolation and improve overall health and well-being.

Food Assistance Resources

In addition to our food assistance programs, we offer a wide range of resources to support individuals and communities in accessing food and promoting food security.

1. Food Pantries and Food Banks

Our office collaborates with local food pantries and food banks to ensure that individuals and families have access to fresh and nutritious groceries. These resources are available across NYC, providing relief to those in need.

2. Community Gardens

Community gardens play a crucial role in promoting sustainable agriculture and increasing access to fresh produce. Our office supports community garden initiatives, empowering individuals to grow their own food and fostering a sense of community.

3. Nutrition Education and Workshops

We believe that education is key to making informed choices about food. Our office hosts nutrition education sessions and workshops to empower individuals and communities with the knowledge to make healthier food choices on a limited budget.

4. Volunteer Opportunities

Your support can make a significant impact in addressing food insecurity in NYC. Our office offers various volunteer opportunities in collaboration with local organizations. By volunteering your time, you can contribute to ensuring that no New Yorker goes hungry.

Contact Information

For more information about NYC food assistance programs and resources, please reach out to us:



The Mayor's Office of Food Policy is committed to addressing food insecurity, promoting access to nutritious food, and supporting the well-being of all New Yorkers. Whether you're facing challenges or looking to get involved, we are here to assist you. Reach out to us today to learn more about NYC food assistance programs and resources!

Cathy Molitoriss
Thank you for providing this valuable information! It's important to prioritize food accessibility for everyone.
Oct 11, 2023