In New York City, 2.9 million people struggle to afford needed food. An essential element of the fight to end hunger, the Food Bank's Income Support efforts seek to make sure that these New Yorkers can receive all benefits they are entitled to. Learn more below about our programs to help move low-income New Yorkers out of food poverty toward self-sufficiency.
As the premiere food stamp outreach and enrollment organization throughout the five boroughs, our Food Stamp Direct Service & Outreach program works to educate and connect directly with low-income New Yorkers to ensure access to this key piece of the hunger safety net.
To ensure that eligible New Yorkers have access to this key piece of the hunger safety net, the Food Bank's Food Stamp Training & Advocacy program helps hundreds of community-based organizations citywide to act as food stamp resource and application centers for their communities.
One of the largest programs of its type in the country, the Food Bank's Free Income Tax Services program completed more than 30,000 tax returns for low- to moderate-income New Yorkers last year — helping to bring more than $80 million in tax refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) back into the city.