Help Us Fund Access to Fresh Produce for Families in the South Bronx

New York Common Pantry is excited and proud to announce our FIRST EVER crowdfunding campaign! The LIVE HEALTHY! program is raising $5000 to purchase Health Bucks, $2 coupons that can be used to purchase fresh produce at Greenmarkets, for their nutrition workshop participants at the Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket in the South Bronx.

For the second year in a row, Live Healthy! has partnered with GrowNYC to provide nutrition and culinary workshops at the Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket in the South Bronx every Tuesday and Friday from mid-July through the end of October. Last year they found that these Health Bucks were incredibly valuable for their attendees who felt encouraged to cook with more fresh produce after sampling our recipe of the week, but lacked the financial ability to purchase a new food item.

By increasing purchasing power with these Health Bucks, they were able to empower people to help increase their family’s fruit and vegetable intake as well as increase business for the local farmers at the market. At NY Common Pantry, this touches upon three of our core principles: options, access and health. We believe in reducing hunger and food insecurity through a whole-person approach that includes not just nutritious, fresh food pantry packages (which our members do receive!), but also through empowering community members and increasing access by connecting them to resources, as well as educating on the importance of a nutritionally sound diet and active living in order to make healthier choices for their families through the Live Healthy! program.

Please help us make this a reality by donating here:

NYCP Opens Bronx Satellite Location at 1290 Hoe Ave

Click to see BronxNet News Coverage of the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!

Our ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was held on May 24, 2017 to officially launch the new satellite location, which was created in collaboration with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association (CIA), Inc.

“New York Common Pantry is proud to be partnering with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement District (CIA), Inc. to open our satellite Choice Pantry in one of the highest need areas of New York City,” says Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director of NYCP. “Since our soft opening on April 27, 2017, we are already hearing how much our Bronx Pantry guests appreciate the kindness of our staff, the ability to self-select from our menu, the cleanliness of the facility, and the quick service. They’ve shared that without our supplemental food they would simply go without because they are living on Social Security or on a small, single-earner income. We are glad to be in the Bronx and able to open our doors to all members of the community.”

Read the full Bronx Times article here:

NBC4 Interviews NYCP Guest Jose Garcia on Immigrant Hunger Pains

“The NY Common Pantry in East Harlem has also noticed a downturn. Jose Garcia, a retired father from the Dominican Republic, says this pantry ‘helps his budget.’ Garcia says he no longer encounters some of his fellow immigrants on the food line. He says he worries about some of them who are collecting bottles and cans instead to make ends meet.”

View coverage:
Fearing Deportation, Immigrant Families in Tri-State Are Forgoing Needed Food Benefits 
by Melissa Russo


New York Common Pantry receives grant and 1,000 hours of volunteer service from AIG

New York Common Pantry (NYCP) has received a grant from AIG, which will be used to support NYCP’s food distribution and other programs. This year NYCP projects to serve over 4 million meals and generate nearly $6 million in new resources for visitors.

In addition to financial support, AIG’s employees have provided over 1,000 hours of service to the agency over the past five years. In addition to serving dinner in the Hot Meals program, AIG volunteers help pack and distribute grocery packages to families in NYCP’s Choice Pantry. The partnership between AIG and NYCP is based in long-term volunteerism and on-site volunteer participation. Representatives of AIG also provided support for and attended the Fill The Bag benefit. “AIG’s support for our food provision programs provides assistance as we bring our services to even more New Yorkers through our new satellite pantry in the South Bronx,” stated Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director of NYCP.

Read more here.

We Step Up Campaign

Dear NYCP Community,

The recently released Federal budget proposal is full of cuts to certain programs that greatly impact those we serve at New York Common Pantry, and we know that we are in for some difficult times ahead.

We remain committed to serving every person who walks through our doors at New York Common Pantry. We will turn no one away and make sure everyone is given a fighting chance to succeed, to have adequate resources so they can have proper nutrition, pay their bills and send their children to school ready to learn. We know you care, and are here to remind you that we will continue to do these things, no matter how hard the times are ahead. Put simply: We will step up.

Read the full letter: We Step Up letter from Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi

To support this campaign: Donate to We Step Up

New York Common Pantry to be Supplied with Local, Organic Produce as Bhumi Farms Shifts to Donor-Based Structure

Donor-Based Bhumi Farms Is Giving Organic Produce Away to New Yorkers

Frank Trentacoste, who went from finance to farming, sees his organic farm as a conduit for the exchange of wealth
By Andy Wang • 04/24/17 6:30am

Frank Trentacoste at the Bhumi farm stand in East Hampton. 
Photo credit: Peter Trentacoste

It starts with a seed.

No single person is going to fix the world’s food-supply and food-inequality issues, but Hamptons farmer Frank Trentacoste understands that it’s important to get your hands dirty and do what you can.

So Trentacoste’s Bhumi Farms in Amagansett has announced that it’s becoming a completely donor-based, not-for-profit enterprise. It will give away nearly all of its organic produce, thousands of pounds each year, to organizations that are dedicated to fighting hunger. Trentacoste will start by providing food to New York Common Pantry and The Bronx’s POTS.

Read the full article HERE.

NYCP’s New Transit Van

We have a new Transit Van for use in our Nourish program thanks to the Ford Motor Company, as part of Robin Hood Foundation’s Night for NYC. The van’s size and flexibility allows us to provide food to seniors living in neighborhoods that are not accessible to larger delivery vehicles. Thank you, Ford Motor Company and Robin Hood Foundation!

New York Common Pantry receives grant from AIG



NYCP’s partners at AIG have provided us with a substantial grant in addition to their volunteer support.  The grant will be used to support our food distribution and other programs.

In addition to financial support, AIG’s employees have provided over 850 hours of service to the agency over the past three years.   In addition to serving dinner in the Hot Meals program, AIG volunteers help pack and distribute grocery packages to families in our Choice Pantry.   The grant is a result of the growing partnership between the Pantry and AIG, which is based in long-term volunteerism and on-site participation in multiple food drives.  “AIG’s support for our food programs alongside their dedicated volunteerism comes at a crucial point where we continue to see new people needing our services,” stated Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director of NYCP.

Thanks to the funding from AIG, NYCP will continue to be able to provide healthy food and other services to increasing numbers of Pantry members and visitors.

2015’s Fill the Bag Benefit: A Night of Community


(l-r)Michael Nachman, Cheryl Wills, Linda E. Holt, Wells Fargo’s Deborah Smith, Sara E. Moss, and Stephen Grimaldi

On March 10, 2015, nearly 350 supporters of the Pantry came to Gotham Hall for our 2015 Fill the Bag Benefit.  This year our honorees included Linda E. Holt and Wells Fargo.  Linda was the recipient of The Estée Lauder Companies Distinguished Volunteer Award and Wells Fargo received the Corporate Partner Award.  We were proud to celebrate their achievements and recognize their contributions to ending hunger in our city.

Mistress of Ceremonies Cheryl Wills

Cheryl Wills of NY1 served as our Mistress of Ceremonies, welcomed the night’s guests, and announced that Noby Rivera, NYCP Food Programs Associate, would be named NY’er of the week.  Instead of showing a video, this year we curated a community parade, which included staff, Pantry members, donors, and supporters to show our guests the integral nature of the Pantry.

The evening also included a digital silent auction, wine wall, and paddle raise.  We are happy to share that the evening raised over $705,000 to support the Pantry’s vital work.

The event received photo coverage courtesy of Bill Cunningham in The New York Times, which can be seen here.

Additional pictures of the night can be found by visiting
our facebook page.

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SOUP-er Bowl 2015 Results!


The final pass has been made, the final point has been scored … New York Common Pantry’s 2015 SOUP-er Bowl has come to an end.   Tremendous thanks to all of the schools and organizations that participated in this year’s collection.  We are so grateful to be providing food items that keep our Pantry Members’ stomachs full and their bodies warm, especially during this very cold winter.

We are excited to announce that, this year’s SOUP-er Bowl resulted in the collection of 19,678 items.  A special congratulations goes out to this year’s SOUP-er Bowl champion.  It’s a THREE-PEAT: The Buckley School wins again!!!  Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Buckley community, the school collected 10,000 items!  The pantry is overflowing with cans and soup and boxes of pasta thanks to this incredible score.  Fantastic job, Buckley!

With a very impressive collection of 3,087 items, our second place winner is St. Bernard’s!  Our rookie team, Hewitt, is our third place winner with a collection of 2,896 items—incredible!

Additional thanks to all of our collecting teams:  Spence, Horace Mann, Trevor, East Side Middle School, Temple Emanu-El Nursery School, East Side School for Social Action and Children’s Aid Society for participating in the 2015 SOUP-er Bowl!

For more information about the SOUP-er Bowl, or if you would like to participate in additional food drives throughout the year, please contact Jen Winter at 917-720-9710 or

$5,341,950 Grant Received for Eat Smart New York Education Through Our Live Healthy! Program



New York Common Pantry (NYCP) has been awarded a grant of $1,048,390 per year for 5 years from the New York Office of Temporary Disability Assistance to institute an Eat Smart New York (ESNY) nutrition education program in parts of Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.   The program is expected to reach as many as 4,800 participants each month through over 20 community partner agencies.

The ESNY program will enhance and expand NYCP’s nutrition education efforts, including its Live Healthy! program, which presents a holistic curriculum including active living, social supports and self-esteem elements to educate adults and children, about healthy eating and nutrition, active living and resiliency skills to improve their overall quality of life.  It will provide a greater impact in the fight against obesity and other nutrition-related issues faced by SNAP-eligible residents in the city.

ESNY is a federally funded program that promotes the acquisition of life-long healthy habits in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems by providing free nutrition and anti-obesity workshops.