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Since no ‘Work Along’ Program Exists in NYC, Here’s a List of Food Pantries in Brooklyn

Places you can find free hot food and groceries in Central and East Brooklyn
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Trump is insane. There are no mortgage companies or grocery stores willing to "work along" with his ridiculous shutdown of the government over a silly wall along Mexico's border.

So while our commander-in-chief continues to live in his alternate universe-- one where he has never experienced what it feels like to go hungry since he has an endless supply of hamberders-- we've compiled for you a list of food pantries and soup kitchens, by neighborhood in Central and East Brooklyn.

The majority of these pantries will distribute bags of groceries and may have more specialty items, such as baby formula or fresh fruits. The soup kitchens will also serve a hot meal, with some of the Brooklyn centers focused on meeting the needs of seniors, children, or students.

Most of these centers listed require you live in the immediate area of the pantry, so be sure to first identify your neighborhood. They may ask for proof of residence, identification, and hardship status (if you are a government worker, just tell them your hardship has resulted from the government shutdown). Also, many of the locations are only open certain times and days of the week, so call before heading over there.

Finally, if you are not someone who is undergoing financial stress, please consider donating food to one of these local pantries or volunteering your time to help the staff!

Bedford Stuyvesant

Agape Social Services Ministry,  929 Marcy Ave., (718) 636-8500; Soup kitchen is open on Wednesday from noon until 2 pm. You need an ID.

Cornerstone Baptist Church 562-74 Madison St., (718) 574-5900

Newman Memorial U.M. Church, 257 Macon St., corner of Throop, (718) 622-7955

Open Door Church of God in Christ, 999 Greene Ave., (718) 455-3545; Bring your own bags to the pantry for support.

St. John's Bread & Life Program, 75 Lewis Ave. at Hart St., (718) 574-0058 x10 or (718) 455-6864; The pantry will service Brooklyn residents only. They also need to bring an ID as well as proof of income and details on family size.

Stuyvesant Heights Christian Church, 69 McDonough St., (718) 783-5383

All People's Church, 182 Tompkins Avenue, (718) 782-3703; The non-profit charity organization and its volunteers are focused on helping the less fortunate. Both food in a crisis, items like diapers, or referrals and information may be distributed to members of the community.

St. Stephen Outreach, 874 Myrtle Avenue, (718) 384-8854

Newman Memorial United Methodist, 257 Macon Street, (718) 622-7955

Siloam Presbyterian Church Food pantry, 260 Jefferson Avenue, (718) 789-7050

Tabernacle Church of God,  264 Lexington Avenue, (718) 857-7299, A feeding site/soup kitchen and food bank are available.

Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of Love, 549 Gates Avenue, (718) 498-8026

Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, 2010 Fulton St, (718) 773-3551

Crown Heights

Church of the Living God, 212 Schenectady Ave., (718) 493-2821

Shalom Senior Center, 483 Albany Avenue, (718) 774-9213; Meals and other support is offered for older residents, including information on the senior employment program.

Mt. Moriah Church of God & Christ, 1149 Eastern Parkway, (718) 953-4364; Free groceries, fruits, baby supplies, formula, and more may be offered. A blanket or clothing can also be provided to the homeless and very low income.

The First Mary Magdaline Temple, 202 Albany Avenue, (718) 953-3048; There is a food pantry on site with rice, breads, frozen foods and more.

Greater Unified Freewill Baptist, 66 Rogers Avenue, (718) 773-2854; Food Pantry is open for walk ins. Emergency referral at other times.

Holy House of Prayer, 1768 St. John's Place, (718) 342-5600; Food boxes are distributed to women with children and the poor in the neighborhood. Call for hours. ID may be needed.

Our Lady of the Presentation, 1677 St. Marks Avenue, (718) 345-2604

St. Teresa of Avila Human Services, 525 St. John's Place, (718) 622-6500; Call the charity for information on food assistance programs, surplus government commodities, and public aid such as WIC.

Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

Fort Greene Food Pantry, 300 Vanderbilt Ave., (718) 638-7625

Unity Fellowship Church, 230 Classon Avenue, (718) 636-5646

Zion Shiloh Baptist Church, 188 Clermont Avenue, (718 )-855-2250

Beulah Church of the Nazarene, 650-656 Washington Avenue, (718) 857-5698

Child Development Support Corp, 352-358 Classon Avenue, (718) 398-2050; Snacks and summer meals for students may be served. This is in lieu of free lunches and breakfasts that many schools serve.

Teen Challenge, Inc., 444 Clinton Avenue, (718) 789-1414; May have meal and snacks for students in this section of Brooklyn.


Calvary Food Pantry, 151 Woodruff Ave., (718) 435-2731; Thursday, 11 am to 1 pm; need ID in order to get free food and groceries.

Holy Cross Church, 2530 Church Ave., (718) 469-5900

Senior Citizens of East Flatbush, 289 East 53rd St.,(718) 385-7100; The non-profit offers a Food Pantry for people age 60+. A hot meal may be served or even delivered to the homebound. Other activities are held for the elderly in the community too, such as referrals and information on free health care.

Door to Life Ministry, 155 Jamaica Avenue, (718) 827-4754

Horeb Sda Church, 520 Kingston Avenue, (718) 778-7373

Jesus of Nazareth Christian, 455 Rogers Ave., (718) 773-1960

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 560 Rogers Ave., (718) 856-1300; The charity has information on other New York City Human Services too.

Allen Memorial AME Church, 944 Rogers Avenue, (718) 282-7860

Church of God Faith in Christ, 1238 Flatbush Ave., (718) 703-9397; Call about meal programs, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas baskets.

Flatbush Reformed Church, 2103 Kenmore Terrace, (718) 284-5140 for intake to the food bank

Brownsville/East New York

Blessed Sacrament Church, 198 Euclid Ave.,  (718) 827-1200

Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, 1520-30 Herkimer St., (718) 498-3767; The charity will have items such as canned goods, fresh fruits, vegetables, and may even serve meals.

Love Fellowship Tabernacle, 464 Liberty Ave., (718) 235-2266; Meals are served to the poor and low income, or really anyone who needs help, including the unemployed.

Our Lady of Mercy, 680 Mother Gaston Blvd. in Brownsville, (718) 346-3166

Our Lady of Refuge R.C. Church, 2020 Foster Ave., (718) 434-2090; Emergency boxes of food and other goods may be provided to the low income and homeless. The contents of each box will vary based on donations and available resources.

St. Christopher Otilie, Bethany House #1, 164 Suydam St., (718) 574-6300

Triumphant Full Gospel Assembly, 889 Rutland Rd., (718) 774-4696; The non-profit charity may have groceries, hot meals and other aid for low income and poor residents in Brooklyn.

True Holy Church of God, 2340 Atlantic Ave., (718) 385-0248

Urban Strategies Family Support, 829 Saratoga Ave., (718) 346-2539 for intake.

God's Battalion-Prayer Church, 661 Linden Blvd., (718) 774-5447; The charity runs a soup kitchen, food pantry, and provides other assistance. All applicants will be interviewed and given a day to come back.

Rugby Congregational Church, 4901 Snyder Avenue, (718) 693-0891 for hours of the food bank.

House of David Church, 747-749 Hendrix Street, (718) 649-5982; The location has a Soup Kitchen and also a free Food Pantry on site.

Miller Avenue Senior Center, 453 New Lots Avenue, (718) 498-9818

Mt. Olive House, 285-277 Eldert Street,  (718) 443-6010

11233 Glover Memorial Soup Kitchen, 2134 Dean Street, (718) 342-8588


Make the Road, 301 Grove St.,(718) 418-7690

Mt. Paran Baptist Church, 1665 Broadway, (718) 443-8217

Mission Assembly Pentecostal, 118 Bushwick Avenue, (718) 782-9749

Family Services Network of New York, 1420 Bushwick Ave, (718) 455-6010

Bushwick Community Council, 1139 Bushwick Avenue,  (718) 529-3061

Bushwick Food Pantry, 144 Bleecker Street, (718) 443-5666

Brooklyn Rescue Mission, 919 Gates Ave, (917) 426-3001

The Salvation Army

The nations and regions leading non-profit agency. They offer social services and a food pantry at five different locations in the Brooklyn New York region. Clients will need a referral and to also make an appointment. In addition to free food and meals, the centers have other assistance too. This can include a clothing closet, free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, the Angel Tree program, and maybe even money to pay rent or energy bills.

Bedford Stuyvesant, 601 Lafayette Ave., (718) 622-0614

Brownsville, 280 Riverdale Ave., (718) 345-7050

Bushwick, 1151 Bushwick Ave. (718) 455-4102

C. Zawadi Morris

About the Author: C. Zawadi Morris

C. Zawadi Morris is an award-winning journalist and a Chicago native who moved to Brooklyn in 1997.
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