Although Lower Manhattan may not seem like a community where people are in need, it is; and the pandemic has further exacerbated economic inequalities. With sharp rises in the unemployment rate, the cost of groceries, and the number of people seeking assistance from food pantries and soup kitchens, food insecurity is at an all-time high in New York City. Trinity remains committed to helping our neighbors in need through programs, such as Resource Connections, Brown Bag Lunch, Compassion Market, and Compassion Meals. Through our grantmaking, Trinity also supports community partners who are addressing the roots of poverty—a primary reason people need assistance in the first place.
Monday to Friday from 2-5pm by appointment | Online
Get assistance with connecting to the Department of Homeless Services, applying to the NYC free senior meal program or SNAP benefits, and other community resources. Trinity’s Outreach team assists guests with accessing housing, legal aid, mental health services, immigration, SNAP benefits, and other services. If you or someone you know would like a helping hand, call 917-594-6300 to make an appointment, Monday-Friday, 2-5pm. You can also leave a voicemail anytime or email us at email@example.com anytime to receive a reply within 48 hours.
Brown Bag Lunch Ministry
Everyday from 9am-5pm | Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)
Although Lower Manhattan may not seem like a community where people are in need, it is. Since 2009, Trinity has served New Yorkers free, nutritional meals through its grab-and-go Brown Bag Lunch program. Before the pandemic, the program was offered midday at St. Paul’s Chapel, seven days a week. Today it’s offered throughout the day, seven days a week, to drop-in guests at Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street).
Trinity Wall Street is committed to the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry to help transform our community, our neighbors, and ourselves.
Wednesdays from 12-3pm by appointment | St. Paul's Chapel (Entrance on Church Street between Vesey Street and Fulton Street)
Need a meal? How about 15? Every Wednesday from 12-3pm at St. Paul's Chapel, guests can get 15 healthy, pre-packaged, and shelf-stable meals, enough for five days, as well as personal hygiene kits. Make an appointment on the Plentiful App or by calling our resource phone number, 917-594-6300, on Monday-Friday from 2-5pm. If you leave a message outside of those hours, you will receive a call-back within 48 hours. Walk-ins will also be accepted on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Same-day appointments on the Plentiful App can be made until 10am. Learn more and read our safety protocols.
Monday to Friday from 2-5pm by appointment | Various Locations
Trinity donates 2,500 grab-and-go food bags each week to ten partners in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens to help address the food insecurity crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These locations are in communities with disproportionately high rates of COVID-19, have seen more than 50% of their emergency food pantries close since the pandemic began, and are experiencing severe food need. Learn more about this program and our partners.
To assist a senior in your life who needs food delivered to their home, contact the Outreach team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-594-6300 to make an appointment, Monday-Friday, 2-5pm. You can also leave a voicemail anytime or email us at email@example.com anytime to receive a reply within 48 hours.
If you are a senior who needs help with food, we invite you to come to Trinity Church any day of the week (from 9am-5pm) 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)
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