446 W. 36th St.,
New York NY 10018

(212) 629-7440

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.

A partnership with the United Way enables us to provide fresh produce for our customers each week.

Client-Choice Pantry Distribution
(open to all):
Thursday 9 a.m. –10 a.m.

Snack Bag Distribution (open to all):
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

PLWHA Pantry (M11Q required):
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Hot Lunch Distribution (open to all):
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

HIV/AIDS Pantry (M11Q required)

Link to: Intake Form
Tuesday – Friday, 12p.m. – 1p.m.

Community Dinner (open to all):
final Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

All Food Pantry services are at the Ground Floor of 446 West 36th Street

Community Dinner is a special outreach - it is for anyone who would like a nice meal and a little community fellowship.  Although the first floor space is very raw, it is amazing what lowered lights, a couple tablecloths, flowers, candles, candy for table scatter, appetizer plates and ambient music can do to make a welcoming atmosphere for our guests.  For many who do not have the opportunity to have a pleasant dining experience, it is the chance to do so.  

Rev. Pat serving baked dreaded fish and vegetables
The serving team of Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Ernesto Declet-Ross, and John Phelps has it down to a science.  After Rev. Pat's opening with a prayer,the machine team pulls out all the stops in serving people their drinks and meals with kindness (combined with efficiency!) and genuine care.
Appetizers have ranged from tuna sald with dill weed on flax crackers to prosciutto-wrapped watermelon to grapes and cheese; entrees from baked salmon over asparagus to parmesan-crusted chicken to turkey meatloaf to spaghetti and meatballs.  And of course, there is always a great dessert.

If ever in the area on Community Dinner day, consider partaking in the meal, either as a guest or as part of the serving team!  All are welcome and all walk away with the memory of a tasteful and satisfying communal experience.

- Bradley Curry / Community Dinner Director

Community Dinner
 (open to all):
final Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

446 West 36th Street, Ground Floor

For more information contact Mike Easterling, CFO
MCCNY. at mike.mccny@gmail.com