Beat Hunger! Where to Donate Food and Time This Thanksgiving


After weeks of gravy-soaked fever dreams, Thanksgiving is finally upon us. Many of us will enjoy the holiday in the company of family and friends around a big old dinner table. We should count ourselves lucky. Over 2 million New Yorkers are food insecure, meaning their access to healthful meals, during the holiday season or not, is uncertain. It’s a full-blown crisis, brought into sharp relief during a time of year when those more fortunate of us are busy slamming our faces with mash potatoes and large fowl. So what is there to do? The Voice has rounded up some food charities around the city where one can volunteer or simply donate any time of the year.

Our list is by no means exhaustive; if there is a charity or program that you feel bears mentioning, leave us a link in the comments. Those we have listed do just a fraction of the good work happening all over the city. After you’ve un-buttoned your pants from too much cherry pie, the Voice encourages you to roll up your sleeves and help beat hunger in New York City.

City Harvest


Food Bank for New York City

Bowery Mission

Coalition for the Homeless

BronxWorks Food and Nutrition Program for People Living with HIV/AIDS

God’s Love We Deliver

New York City Coalition Against Hunger