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Food Stamps

Visit Single Stop to get an eligibility screening and for help in filing an application.

Or, to find out more information on applying from an off-campus location, call 311 or click here.


If you are pregnant or have children, you can get help for yourself and for your baby from the WIC program. WIC is for low-income pregnant women, breast-feeding women, and children up to age five.

  • You can work and still get WIC.
  • You can continue to get welfare or food stamps while receiving WIC.
  • Immigrants can get WIC–even if undocumented.

To apply, call 800.522.5006 for the WIC office nearest you. You can click here to find an office and download and print the application to bring with you and speed the process. info/NY/WIC/?gclid=m

Required documents:

  • Proof of address
  • Proof of income
  • Identification
  • Proof of pregnancy or child’s age(s).

Community Meals for Children

Children can get free meals in school and after school, as well as during the summer, through the School and Summer Meals programs.

During the school year, lunch and breakfast are served in every public school in New York City. Free breakfasts are available to all children regardless of income with no paperwork required.

In June, July and August, breakfast and lunch are served for free to all children under 18 at many public schools, houses of worship, recreation centers, and community centers.

  • Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

You can call 311 or text NYCmeals to 877-877 to find the nearest location for summer meals.

Food Pantries/Soup Kitchens

Food Pantries/Soup Kitchens

Contact the Food and Hunger Hotline: 866.888.8777 (Toll Free)

Operator assistance is available Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For help in finding a meal, the Food and Hunger Hotline provides emergency referrals to over 600 soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the city. This automated hotline will provide you with the hours of operation and directions to the emergency feeding program nearest to you.


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