Food Pantry

mbp2013_0497_lowresIn 1993, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger created the first customer choice “supermarket-style” food pantry in the United States, becoming the model for other programs across the country. The supermarket system allows our customers to select food based on preference and need, encouraging our goal of promoting self-reliance.

West Side Campaign Against Hunger welcomes low-income residents from all 5 boroughs of New York City, regardless of household size or immigration status. Learn more about what you will need to bring, to get started.

How It Works

Customers are given a food card based on the number of family members. The card specifies the amount of cereals, fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy, but gives our customers the choice to pick the kind they prefer. The shopping card is based on the USDA’s MyPlate, ensuring our customers received balanced, nutritious meals.

Customers can come once a month and get nutritious food for the family for three days. We understand that everyone has different tastes and needs, so we offer a healthy variety of food. There are always fresh fruit and vegetable choices.

Pantry Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m. (Please arrive at least a half hour before closing.) Extended pantry hours for working people: Monday 3-6:30 p.m.

Cooperative Model

Customer Volunteers are an important part of West Side Campaign Against Hunger. They help all aspects of our program and serve on our board of directors. Read more about our Cooperative Model.