Using sophisticated database technology to power our "Family by Family" support model, and with a Mission "to feed and empower those we serve to move beyond the lines of poverty," The River Fund New York is a leading Poverty Frontline Center with a footprint covering more than 40 zipcodes in New York City.
We confront material hardship with (1) weekly groceries, (2) benefits access and stabilization programs, plus (3) support and education pathways from Cradle to College.
Serving over 14,000 unique households--more than 52,000 unduplicated individuals--The River Fund New York distributes an average of 120 tons of groceries each month, and processes about 250 new benefits-related cases each week.
Children of the families we serve make up 40% of our constituents, and benefit from many specially developed in-house programs designed to place them on a trajectory for future success through education--culminating in our college scholarship program.
As the final component of our Cradle to College initiative, this four-year program (i) reliably closes the gap, each year, between government aid and the true cost of attending college, (ii) provides students with a monthly MetroCard, so they can actually make it to class and work every day, (iii) equips them with a brand new commercial-grade laptop, and (iv) supplies consistently, upon release, the full--most up-to-date--suite of the leading office-productivity software all the way through graduation.
The River Fund New York believes that "breaking the cycle of poverty" can be effectively accomplished by placing the children of households in poverty on a pathway to success--so that, upon becoming productive members of society, they can pull their families and neighborhoods forward.
This listing was last updated Dec 17, 2014
Location & Open Times
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Onsite Pantry: Saturdays 8AM to 11AM
Mobile Pantry: (1) Site A: Saturdays Noon to 2PM and (2) Site B: Tuesdays 11AM to 1PM
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
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