Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry
The Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry meets the nutritional needs of a diverse group of low-income, working poor and HIV+ individuals and families in an environment of respect and confidentiality. Last year, The Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry served over 170,000 pounds of food and offered thousands of referrals to culturally-competent community partners.
The Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry’s client-choice model allows guests to select their own groceries, thus eliminating food waste and putting choice back in the hands of those receiving food. Snack bags of nutritious food are available to all four days a week. A specialized pantry program for those living with HIV/AIDS offers high-protein, easy to prepare groceries that complement anti-retroviral therapy. On Thursday mornings, the Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry is open to all, providing assistance in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
The Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry has turned grocery distribution into an ongoing opportunity for nutrition education and benefits outreach. We provide information in multiple languages to clients for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and guide them toward moving beyond the food pantry. The partnership has also resulted in dozens of clients filing their New York State Earned Income Tax Credit. In addition, a partnership with the Chelsea CSA enables us to provide fresh, organic produce for our customers each week.