With celebrations like Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa taking place this month, it’s safe to say the holidays are here. A big part of these holidays, apart from spending time with family, is food.
But for some folks, getting through the holiday season is hard. During this time, even the most basic human needs, like food, water, and shelter, are hard to come by. In New York City alone, there are nearly 63,000 homeless people, many of which are families with children. Plus, the amount of homeless New Yorkers sleeping shelters has increased 75 percent over the last ten years.
Solving the issues of homelessness and food security are continuous and an uphill battle. But in a small effort to help those in need, Apicha CHC has pulled together some options for folks in need of a free meal during the holiday season. Be sure to check out your local soup kitchen and food bank for additional options as well.
Where to find free food in NYC
- Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen: This soup kitchen feeds those in need on a regular basis. The Soup Kitchen’s mission is to “feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, seek justice for the homeless, and provide a sense of hope and opportunity to those in need.” They will be serving a midday meal on Christmas Day. Please note, though, that they do not serve meals on the weekends. Check out their website and Facebook page for updates.
- Food Bank in Harlem: Although the Food Bank will be closed Christmas Day, they serve meals Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Bowery Mission: The Bowery Mission offers daily meal services at two of their locations, at Thompkins Square and 227 Bowery.
- All Angels’ Church: Although the All Angels’ Church offers meals to those in need following services on a regular basis, they will be serving an evening meal on December 24, from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Address: Address 251 W. 80th Street, New York, NY, 10024.