Food Access Initiative

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Food insecurity is a crisis affecting thousands of New Yorkers amid the COVID-19 crisis. Accessing sufficient food has become a challenge for numerous communities, such as seniors and immunocompromised people who must stay home to stay safe, workers who suddenly lost their livelihoods, and families who had depended on school meals or other resources that are no longer available.

Starting in April, Abrons Arts Center launched an emergency food pantry in partnership with Henry Street Settlement and Vision Urbana. Currently operating out of our historic Playhouse theater, our food access initiative is staffed entirely by theater technicians, artists and arts workers. Our robust artistic community stepped up in ways we could not have imagined, helping us deliver 750 bags of groceries to families each week.  Additionally, through a partnership with Our Hearts, we currently have a mutual aid community fridge located in front of our building on Grand Street.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with getting food delivered, please call the Helpline at 347.493.2787.

Want to help out? With your support, we are able to keep distributing groceries to those in need. If you’d like to contribute, please click here. Additionally, we always welcome volunteers to help at our food pantry.