New York City Coalition Against Hunger

New York City Coalition Against Hunger
Founded: 1983

To meet the immediate food needs of low-income New Yorkers and enact innovative solutions to help them move beyond the soup kitchen to self-sufficiency.

About the Organization:
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) represents more than 1,200 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City and assists the more than one million low-income New Yorkers who are forced to use them. The organization was established by community leaders from all five boroughs after it became apparent in the early 1980s that the hunger situation in the city had become so severe that the religious organizations and charitable agencies were no longer able to accommodate everyone they served. Over time, NYCCAH's work has evolved to include advocacy and legislative efforts, but its primary purpose remains food access for all New Yorkers.

Current Programs:
To assist and empower emergency food programs, NYCCAH sponsors the Emergency Food Action Center, Interfaith Voices Against Hunger, the Technology Project, the Volunteer Matching Center, and the Benefits Outreach initiative. It also participates in AmeriCorps State and VISTA service programs. NYCCAH works to draw attention to hunger issues of both policy makers and the public through its Policy Research and Development program and Communications Initiative.

Web Site:
The NYCCAH Web site features hunger maps that enable users to find a nearby food pantry or soup kitchen via a database searchable by ZIP code, key word, or borough. This section of the site also provides an interactive map of all NYC food sources, information about how to locate farmers' markets and free summer meals for kids, and an in-depth report (32 pages, PDF) on food access for low-income New Yorkers. In addition, the site offers an overview of hunger in New York City, resources for local agencies, links to publications related to policy research on the causes and implications of hunger, and recent NYCCAH achievements.

Approximately 50 percent of NYCCAH's operating and program funding comes from foundations and corporations. About 40 percent is from government grants, and the rest is from individuals.

Contact: Joel Berg, Executive Director
Phone: (212) 825-0028, ext. 204
Fax: (212) 825-0267