Our Mission

To feed and empower those we serve to move beyond the lines of poverty.

Our Programs Focus on:


Our "client choice" food pantry - one that allows clients to select the items they want and use, rather than just receive a bag of random goods.

1.5 million New Yorkers can't afford food. Pantries are their lifeline.




Benefits enrollment services is a one-stop prescreening for more than 40 social-service benefits.

River Fund is the only source of free groceries in NYC that provides 7 days' worth of groceries for an entire household.


Is needed to move past generational poverty and pull communities forward. Beyond hunger relief, The River Fund provides nutritional education.

There are currently over twenty (20) students in our scholarship program. We are proud of each and every one of them.

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Impact of Giving

Each $1 Donated to River Fund

Yields $20 worth of food to its clients

We take at-risk kids off the streets

In summer, apart from free vacations, we take at-risk 13 to 18-year-olds off the streets by enrolling them in our 18-team basketball tournament, hosted by our own team, The River Fund Cobras.

About Our Board

Our team is made up of “community members who are determined against all odds to care for other community members”—and our motivation comes from a deep-seated awareness of what we’re up against: Fighting poverty is a war.

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Upcoming Events

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Recent News & Headlines

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We Pioneered the Mobile Pantry System

Having pioneered the Mobile Pantry system 19 years ago, in February 2012, The River Fund became the very first organization ever to receive specific recognition...
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Our Sephora Partnership Yields Makeovers for Our Clients

In the spring of 2013, The River Fund began a partnership with Sephora, which allows us to offer new monthly donors a FREE limited-edition cosmetic...
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Greater Capacity to Serve More

After some five years observation by the Robin Hood Foundation, The River Fund was invited at the beginning of summer 2012 to submit a grant...