Feeding Our Neighbors

Far too many New York City residents - 1.4 million people, to be precise -- depend on food pantries and soup kitchens in New York to survive. That’s one out of every five New Yorkers, older women,  working families, veterans and, worst of all, children.

Catholic Charities is making a difference.  We partner with programs to provide more than 6.5 million meals to hungry New Yorkers each year. Community and parish-based food programs and pantries offer families food to bring home.  Many locations also provide hot meals on site. Our mobile food pantry supported by the Rusty Staub Foundation provides meals and other services in Staten Island.   And we connect hungry people to the extra support they need so they will not go hungry again.

We also partner with fellow organizations to make sure no one goes hungry:  

Find emergency meals at a Catholic Charities agency nearby.


Hey, What’s Going on at ShopRite?

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

One sign, “World’s Greatest Can Can Sale,” means soup and sauce are bargains.

But how about the other new sign, “Feeding Our Neighbors”?

It's simple, says Tom Urtz, ShopRite’s Vice President of Operations. Their 26 stores in the New York Archdiocese renewed their support for our Feeding Our Neighbors campaign.

These are your and my hungry neighbors we’re talking about.

Working But Hungry: Shocking NYC Stats

Posted on December 4, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

What happened to the American dream?

Nearly half of all working-age people in New York State and City who face hunger are employed. And many hold more than one job! The recession, said to formally end in 2009, left out New York’s working poor, according to the New York City Hunger Report 2015.

Released just in time for the holidays, the report documents what we all see as we walk city streets:

Assemblymen Stroll Our Food Pantry's Aisles - Find Out Why

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

With so many food pantries out there, why did New York Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie tour our Catholic Charities Ulster County food pantry with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan last Friday, November 20th?

Breaking News: Bank of America Donates 20K to Help Us Feed the Hungry

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Great news!  Bank of America Charitable Foundation just awarded Catholic Charities $20,000 to help us buy food, encourage self sufficiency and feed the hungry through our Feeding Our Neighbors program.

“We are excited to partner in advancing the mission of Catholic Charities,” said Bank of America’s Community Relations Manager Nereida Andino when she announced the grant.
This is a big help for a huge problem – with outrageous numbers that document the need:

Why Catholic Charities Is Providing 20,000 Meals in Puerto Rico

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Puerto Ricans, now facing their worst economic crisis in generations, are hungry and Catholic Charities NY stepped up to help.  We just donated a $5,000 grant last week to our partners, Cáritas de Puerto Rico, to provide more than 20,000 meals.

Children & Families Team Up to Feed Our Hungry Neighbors

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Students, families and friends once again walked the walk, the Feeding Our Neighbors Epiphany School Walk-a-thon, this past Sunday, October 18. 

For the third year in a row, the school joined forces with Catholic Charities Feeding Our Neighbors campaign. Besides raising money for the school, walkers and supporters contributed to the welfare of our community by encouraging donations of non-perishable food items.

Cops Surprise Hungry New Yorkers

Posted on August 18, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Cops mingled with the hungry at Catholic Charities Washington Heights Food Pantry this month, sparking alarm at first and gratitude later.

Their appearance was part of New York City’s new community policing initiative, says NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, “of cops and community members working as a seamless team.”

Feeding Our Neighbors - 6th Annual Epiphany School Walk-a-thon

The Epiphany School Foundation is bringing together our community for the 6th Annual Walk!

Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless

Catholic Charities supports a vast network of soup kitchens food pantries, emergency shelters, temporary and transitional housing, and permanent affordable housing to help homeless families and individuals in New York.


  • 5M nutritious meals served in parish and community food programs
  • 11,927 families prevented from becoming homeless 
  • 6,292 families living in affordable housing
  • 12,194 individuals provided with emergency overnight shelter

Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign

During the week of Sunday, January 24th - Sunday, January 31st 2016, Timothy Cardinal Dolan calls on all non-Catholics and Catholics alike to Feed Our Neighbors in New York and respond to the overwhelming need in our New York community.

Take one small action this January to help feed the hungry. Together, we can change lives.

Learn More About Feeding Our Neighbors