UA3's Community Response to COVID-19 

Community First Food Pantry

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UA3 created the Community First Food Pantry in the wake of the

COVID-19 pandemic to combat food insecurity. Populations that are most affected are often overlooked and include racial minority groups, seniors, people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and undocumented immigrants.

We package and deliver foods from Trader Joe's donations and the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to NYCHA residencies, senior citizen homes, and tenement buildings throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and South Bronx. The food packages consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, milk, eggs, baked goods, cereals, and cheeses.

Address: 384 Grand Street New York, NY 10002

Hours of Operation: Mondays and Thursdays from 8 AM to 6 PM 

Food distribution: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM by appointment only 

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM for walk-ins

(Or while supplies last)

Closed on holidays

Receive free Covid-19 testing kits

We are the first food pantry to open in Chinatown, Manhattan.

Our original food pantry operation began in April 2020, but in order to accommodate a larger capacity, we moved to our current permanent location at 384 Grand Street. This new pantry was renamed the Community First Food Pantry and was created in partnership with Councilmember Margaret Chin and Covenant Mercy Mission. We work together with Manor Community Church's food pantry at 350 W 26th Street to deliver foods throughout NYC.

OUR IMPACT

$ million worth of food since April 2020

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At least 330,000 pounds of food distributed per week

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10 million masks distributed across all five boroughs

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Citywide, we have served 9,000 families per week

Food is the uniting force that brings people and community together. 

UA3 believes people of all races, religions, sexual orientations, and genders should have access to nutritious food and live a healthy life.

Together with the Manor Community Church food pantry, we continue to expand our area of service and deliver packages to NYCHA, senior, and low-income residences, and tenements in Manhattan, to local food pantries and distribution sites all across, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, including hardest-hit neighborhoods such as Brownsville, Sunset Park, Jamaica, Elmhurst, Flushing, and South Bronx.

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One in Four New Yorkers face food insecurity due to COVID-19.

"Before the coronavirus, we thought somewhere around a million people were food insecure and needed food. Now we think that number is 2 million or more."

-Mayor Bill De Blasio

May 21, 2020

There's been a 2,750% increase in food pantry clientele since the COVID-19 crisis. 

From 400 to 11,000 clients/week 

FOOD INSECURITY IN NYC

BY THE NUMBERS

THE CHALLENGE

UA3's goal is to improve the food pantry's infrastructure and expand capacity to serve more vulnerable communities in NYC.

We are working towards our goal of feeding 13,000-15,000 people/week and distributing 400,000 pounds of food/week.