Our Mission

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'to feed and empower those we serve to move

beyond the lines of poverty'

OUR WORK

On the ground for more than 30 Years... RIVER FUND, a leading Poverty Frontline Center in New York City, knows and understands the contributory factors that cause the syndrome we commonly call “poverty.”

Poverty is the intersection of multiple challenges in the life of families, individuals, and seniors —which in combination become overwhelming.

2.2 million struggle with hunger...

more than 1 in 4 New Yorkers live on the lines of poverty.

THREE TIERS OF ENGAGEMENT

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RIVER FUND uses three integrated channels in our methodology:

FOOD ACCESS - EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS - BENEFITS CENTER

All three tiers are “integrated” within our Mission.

The core of our work is to guide and empower those we serve to move off the lines of poverty.

RIVER FUND accomplishes this through our ‘Family-by-Family Approach’

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FOOD ACCESS

RIVER FUND distributes more than 2,000,000 pounds of groceries and needed essentials, to over 33,000 household in over 40 zip codes, per month, making RIVER FUND one of the largest providers of emergency food in New York City.

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EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS

RIVER FUND approaches access to education as the main, realistic tool for families to break generational poverty. Supporting students, throughout their educational journey and, ultimately, their gainful employment.

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BENEFITS CENTER

RIVER FUND conducts a thorough client-intake in referring over 40 social service programs including SNAP, health insurance enrollment, immigration assistance, domestic violence, housing support and more.

 

YOUR INVESTMENT

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FOOD ACCESS

Every $1 spent yields $20

worth of groceries served

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EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS

Every $1 spent yields $46

in youth-poverty reduction

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BENEFITS ACCESS

Every $1 spent yields $27

in cash-value to clients

YOUR EMBRACE

THE FRONT LINE

Upcoming Events

Baby Shower Programs | June 9 - September 8 - December 8

Child Poverty Awareness Day | August 13

Celebrating our Youth Gala | October 27

Thanksgiving | November 16 & 19

Christmas in Queens | December 17 & 21

Recent News & Headlines

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Easter in Queens!

In Celebration of Easter, Team RIVER FUND created and distributed over 1,000 fabulous and fun Easter Baskets for some of our youth. It take a...
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RIVER FUND Serves 4,500 Families on Thanksgiving

As we continue to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, RIVER FUND proudly served 4,500 households for Thanksgiving. Over the course of just two days, 430,000 pounds...
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RIVER FUND Celebrates 30 Years!

What a night! During our 30th Anniversary Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, RIVER FUND celebrated 30 years of embracing humanity. Our...