Food Access is implemented through our:
- ONSITE PROGRAM
- MOBILE PANTRY
- HOMEBOUND INDEPENDENT SERVICES
- HUB & SPOKE PROGRAM
RIVER FUND is one of the largest providers of emergency food in New York City serving over 40 zip codes. Prior to COVID-19, the agency served over 15,000 households annually, typically distributing approximately 500,000 pounds of food per month. Since the onset of the pandemic, those numbers have exploded. RIVER FUND now distributes more than 2 million pounds of groceries and needed essentials, per month, serving over 33,000 households.
FOOD IS A STABILIZER
The first touch in addressing the many needs of those living on the lines poverty is food insecurity.
RIVER FUND provides families, individuals and seniors weekly access to a complete range of groceries, in sufficient volume and balance, to prepare nutritious meals for a full week.
RIVER FUND implements a Client Choice Pantry model where clients are actively engaged in making their selections of healthy and balanced groceries and staples.
Providing weekly fresh produce, dairy, and protein is paramount to our clients' well-being.
FOOD ACCESS PROGRAMS
RIVER FUND implements two Food Distribution Programs. Wednesday is largely dedicated to seniors and those living with disabilities. Saturday, our most robust food distribution, includes serving families, individuals, and seniors.
RIVER FUND provides families weekly access to a complete range of groceries, in sufficient volume and balance, to prepare nutritious meals for a full week.
Evolved from our “Street Relief” Program, RIVER FUND pioneered the Mobile Pantry system in 1995 with an initiative in Jamaica, Queens. Our outreach continues in communities with limited access and resources in Queens and Brooklyn.
1995: RIVER FUND pioneered the Mobile Pantry System at Rufus King Park in Jamaica, Queens. The following year we launched in Coney Island.
The Homebound Independence Program was established in 2011, supporting seniors and those living with disabilities. Often isolated and with limited mobility, thus providing a modicum of security and dignity.
HUB & SPOKE
RIVER FUND distributes over 350,000 pounds of food, per month, to food pantries, churches, and community-based organizations, in sharing our food stock and supplies for their local outreach.