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Serving over 1 million New Yorkers each year.

Confronting Hunger

More than 2.4 million New Yorkers face hunger every year, and roughly 14.4% of New York City residents are food insecure. This represents a shortage of 208 million meals each year.

The Salvation Army of Greater New York provides emergency food assistance through a combination of soup kitchens and food pantries at 38 community centers. Each year, we serve more than 3.5 million meals. Our food pantries offer access to fresh produce and canned goods. Our soup kitchens and mobile outreach programs provide nutritious meals with dignity and invaluable human interaction.

If you or your family struggle to afford regular meals, please contact your nearest Salvation Army service provider to inquire about meal services. There are dozens of meal and food opportunities in the Greater New York area, which may include soup kitchens, food pantries, grocery orders, food vouchers and more.

Seasonal Services

Spring, winter, summer and fall — each season comes with its own burdens and responsibilities, especially those harsher months when you may need warm coats for your kids, or assistance with your electricity bill so you can keep your home cool. We also offer holiday assistance for those families who aren’t sure how they’re going to provide a happy holiday for their children.


The Salvation Army of Greater New York operates three New York City Department of Homeless Services shelters and seven Developmental Disabilities Services homes. We also own and operate an Independent Senior Living Facility and a student residence in Manhattan.


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