Our Mission

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

Taking Poverty Personally Our Programs Focus on:


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


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.

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

Food Box

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Community CookShop is a joint venture program of the Food Bank for New York City and the Mario Batali Foundation. It is based on the...