Mobile Food Pantry

Our meal recipients don’t have the option of walking to a food pantry or soup kitchen when their cupboards are bare — they are simply too frail to wait in line or carry bags home.

Due to rising foods costs, more New Yorkers than ever are relying on local food pantries for their groceries. For the homebound, food insecurity is especially perilous. We know that 14% of Citymeals recipients get by on just the one meal a day that we deliver.  

Citymeals has identified some of the most food-insecure neighborhoods in the city, where older people face high rates of hunger, and we bring the pantry to them. For these recipients, we supplement our regular deliveries with a monthly package of additional food, including soups, stews and whole-grain breakfast cereal. 

 Last year, we delivered almost 45,000 Mobile Food Pantry packages to supplement our regular deliveries.

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. 

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.