Getting to Know Us: Anthony Duncan, Mobile Pantry Manager at New York Common Pantry

Anthony Duncan is a creative, learner-centered wellness professional, researcher, mental health and nutrition advocate who is committed to encouraging others about the importance of health, wellness, and food access for  all. 

Anthony received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and his Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University in New York, NY.

He co-founded Dead the Silence, a non-profit organization that creates space for unspoken mental health issues and provides resources for healing and support. He is a foodie that enjoys trying new vegan restaurants and turning your favorite dishes vegan. He also enjoys baking, the outdoors, yoga, traveling, and being involved in his community.


Q: What is your role in the organization and how does that fit into the work NYCP does?

A: I am the Mobile Pantry Manager and oversee the Mobile program at NYCP. The Mobile program has nearly 60 partners and distributes around 2500 bags of food a week to them. Our partners range from churches, community centers, schools, shelters and other pantries.

Q: What does a typical day look like for you?

A: A typical day is me managing the logistics, operations of the Mobile operations and communication  with our  Mobile partners.

Q: Are there any specific projects or initiatives that you are currently working on that you’re excited about?

A: I am working on a college initiative where we are partnering with a college to get a pantry into the school.

Q: How do you stay motivated and passionate about the cause, especially during challenging times?

A: I meditate and journal everyday which keeps me intentional and motivated for the day. In moments when challenges arise, I always go back to my “why” and it helps to keep me motivated and to come up with solutions.

Q: In what way has working at NYCP helped you grow both personally and professionally?

A: I have learned to utilize my voice more and trust my gut with making decisions for the betterment of my program and staff. Also I have learned to be more tech savvy to make my work more efficient and effective.

Q: Is there a message or lesson from your experience that you would like to share?

A: A challenge that I experienced at NYCP is that things can change within an instant and you have to be able to come up with a solution and pivot quickly. Another challenge is having your team be able to pivot with you and execute the new plan effortlessly, which we have learned to do without hesitation. 

Q: What do you find most meaningful about the work you do?
A: I am able to do my part in carrying out the mission of New York Common Pantry.

Q: What do you like to do for fun? 

A:  I love to cook, watch documentaries, movies, be outdoors and travel outside of the country or domestic.