Food Justice

Brown Bag Lunch Ministry

Brown Bag Lunch Ministry

Although Lower Manhattan may not seem like a community where people are in need, it is. Since the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry began, volunteers have served 200 people a week. In addition to distributing brown bag lunches to those in need of emergency food assistance, volunteers pack the brown bags and help in connecting guests with resources and benefits. The program hosts volunteers from Trinity’s congregation, staff, and community partners.

Trinity Wall Street is committed to the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry to help transform our community, our neighbors, and ourselves. Through its grant-making, Trinity also supports community partners who are addressing the roots of poverty—the reason people need brown bag lunches in the first place.

Trinity offers emergency food assistance seven days a week at one location only:

St. Paul’s Chapel 
Sundays at 2pm
Mondays - Saturdays at 12:45pm

To get involved, sign up here.

Resource Connections

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1-3pm | 9/11 Chapel of Remembrance at Saint Paul’s Chapel

Join us for in-person assistance connecting to the Department of Homeless Services, applying to the NYC free senior meal program, and other community resources.

For more information, contact SK Doyle at or  646.216.6481.

Benefits Screening

Fridays, 2-3pm | 9/11 Chapel of Remembrance at Saint Paul’s Chapel

Set up an appointment for in-person assistance with applying for SNAP benefits.

For more information, contact Metha Balasquides at or  212.602.0726.


For Seniors

To assist a senior in your life who needs food delivered to their home, contact Metha Balasquides at 212-602-0726 or visit us on Wednesdays at St. Paul's Chapel's 9/11 Chapel of Remembrance from 1-3pm.

If you are a senior who needs help with food, we invite you to come to St. Paul’s Chapel at 12:45 Monday-Saturday and Sundays at 2pm for a free modest brown bag meal.

  • Trinity acknowledges that approximately 204,000 New York City seniors, or approximately one out of every five (20 percent), rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.

  • Approximately 70,000 New York City veterans, or approximately three out of every ten (30 percent), rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.

Source: Hunger’s New Normal: Redefining Emergency in Post-Recession New York City. Food Bank For New York City (2012)