FOOD PANTRY

Each month more than 700 persons are provided emergency food assistance through RMM’s Client-Choice Food Pantry. Each person receives a 3-day supply of nutritious food staples. Families may receive assistance once per month. 


Food Pantry doors open Saturday mornings 11:00–11:30 a.m. (except fifth Saturdays in a month), and clients must be in the building by 11:30 a.m.


Food Pantry participants are required to bring photo I.D. for each member of the household, and proof of address.


If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry, click here for more information or email volunteer@rmmnyc.org.

More than 1.3 million New York City residents are food insecure. New York City’s food insecurity rate is 11% higher than the national rate, and 18% higher than the New York State rate. The issue is not a lack of food, but a lack of justice. Many NYC residents must choose between paying rent or buying food. At our pantry, roughly 75% of our guests are from Hell's Kitchen alone. 


Each month more than 700 persons are provided emergency food assistance through RMM’s Client-Choice Food Pantry. Each person receives a 3-day supply of nutritious food staples. RMM not only provides food, but also seeks to address the issue of food justice. What makes our pantry especially unique is providing guests with produce grown on our rooftop. Many pantries have difficulty providing fresh produce, and our rooftop farm provides the opportunity to not only have food fresh from a farm but also to foster discussion on where food comes from. 


As a client choice pantry, we let our guests take whatever foods they need. We understand that people have different tastes, preferences, allergies, and dietary restrictions. Instead of making assumptions about what foods are “best” for someone, we allow our visitors to explore their relationship with food in whatever way is most beneficial for them. 


The late autumn and winter months are often the busiest for the RMM food pantry program. The Saturday before Thanksgiving set a record for attendance that no volunteer had seen surpassed, as we welcomed and distributed food to 116 guests. On this day alone we gave out enough food to feed 300 members of our community. We continue to serve between 70 and 85 individuals each weekend, and fed approximately 650 people in the month of December. 


Our pantry is always looking for extra volunteers and support. With the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project closed for the winter, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with RMM’s food justice programming. In addition to volunteering, we welcome donations of food and plastic bags, and would love to hear from anyone who can provide connections to other resources such as SNAP benefits, health insurance enrollment, or financial planning. Any and all help is appreciated, and your support is what makes our pantry the vibrant and impactful resource that it is!