Mobile Food Pantry

Our meal recipients don’t have the option of walking to a grocery store or a food pantry when their cupboards are bare – they are simply too old and frail. Almost all of our meal recipients use assistive devices for walking, and many of them can hardly walk at all.

We know that among those we serve, 14% get by on just the one meal a day that we deliver.  

Citymeals' Mobile Food Pantry began a decade ago to provide supplementary food for those most at risk for malnourishment. Each month we deliver hearty staples – like stews, soups, brown rice, whole-grain breakfast cereal and canned fruit and vegetables – to recipients across the city.

A meal recipient accepting a nutritious delivery.
Our Mobile Food Pantry serves older New Yorkers living in some of the city's most food insecure neighborhoods. 

During the pandemic, food insecurity has increased dramatically among older people. To meet this growing need, our Mobile Food Pantry delivered 39% more meals last year, helping keep more elderly New Yorkers from hunger.

We have strengthened this vital program by forging relationships with food pantries and volunteer groups working in the South Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Community-based partnerships are enabling us to deliver more food to our most vulnerable neighbors and accelerate local action to fight hunger. 

Last year we delivered 79,713 Mobile Food Pantry meals to supplement our regular deliveries.