Food Pantry

mbp2013_0497_lowresWSCAH has been at the forefront of innovation for 40 years, developing the first customer-choice supermarket style pantry in the United States in 1993, 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 shop based on household size and are given a point card based on the number of family members. The card specifies the amount of cereals, fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy customers can shop for, but gives them the choice to pick the kind they prefer. The point card is based on the USDA MyPlate, ensuring our customers receive the items necessary to make balanced, nutritious meals.

Customers can shop once a month and get nutritious food for their family for three days. We understand that everyone has different tastes and needs, so we offer a healthy variety of food for any dietary restrictions. There are always fresh fruit and vegetable choices as we ensure to keep our shelves stocked with fresh produce.

Due to COVID-19 pantry Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We are closed on Mondays. (Please arrive at least a half hour before closing.)

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.