What We Do
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St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters was established to remedy the physical and emotional hunger of the underserved in a dignified and supportive manner. We take a comprehensive approach in providing and supporting services that alleviate hunger and many more struggles experienced by our neighbors.
Our network of charitable programs provides a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the poor.
Community Support Programs
With the rising cost of food, we have seen that the pantries’ lines have become longer. We believe it is the right of every individual to be fed. The Stocking the Shelves Program is our main community support program and was created to support this fundamental life-need within our underserved communities.
The Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway allows our pantries and Shelters to provide holiday meals to those who may not be able to afford one. More than 11,000 turkeys were provided to low-income individuals and families for Thanksgiving in 2022.
St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters recognizes the necessity of diapers and other baby care products. Our baby care program provides baby essentials to those we serve.
Feminine hygiene products have become more and more expensive in recent years. We recognize that these hygiene items are not a luxury, but rather essentials for women’s health and for their daily lives. The Women’s Hygiene Care program provides feminine hygiene products to low-income women and girls. Through donations, we can fill our shelves with tampons, pads, and liners.
St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters recognizes the demand of parents to provide toys and gifts to their children during the holiday season. Throughout the year, St. Francis collects and distributes toys and other children’s items to our partnering agencies. We also have a toy distribution during Annual Holiday Party. Consider hosting an in-office drive, sending items directly to our office or supporting our Amazon Wishlist.
Our network of agencies is as diverse and varied as the NYC/tri-state community we serve. With each agency working to support its particular neighborhood, some may have different needs throughout the year. Our General Support program allows us work with them to determine and provide aid with their specific requests.
Community Engagement Program
Back to School ProgramHelp us prepare our families for the upcoming school year by providing the supplies they will need to succeed in the classroom. Many of the families we serve will be starting school here in New York City for the first time and they do not have...