The holiday season is an interesting time of year – a time where people want to remember that the main point is showing loved ones how much they care by giving them gifts and thanks, but it’s simultaneously a time when many people get overly-stressed out about spending too much money, finding the coolest presents to give and the best holiday parties to attend.
One of the best ways to appreciate what you have while showing how much you care is volunteering to help those who are less fortunate right in your own community. There are plenty of soup kitchens, food banks, shelters and community pantries that give back every holiday season, but also all year long.
The Food Bank for New York City has a lot of volunteer opportunities for helping to pack and organize food with warehouse repacking as well as in the community kitchen and food pantry. These volunteer tasks generally involve packing shelves, bagging groceries and helping clients check out as they shop for food.
Another way you can volunteer your time with the Food Bank for New York is with their Cookshop Program, which is an educational program for children and teens from low-income families where they can learn about how to have a healthy diet, through workshops on cooking and nutrition.
Besides the main branch locations, there are local neighborhood food bank sites that are always in need of volunteers to help out. Contact the NY Food Bank to learn more about all the ways you can help out this holiday season and throughout the rest of the year as well, with events, campaigns and volunteer programs.
The Food Bank for New York is just one of the many organizations in NYC looking for volunteers and there are countless ways you can help, from donating food or money to helping out at these locations, hands-on. Here’s a list of contact information for the Food Bank of New York, as well as some other kitchens throughout various areas of New York that would be grateful for your help this holiday season. Contact them for more information on when, where and how you can help.
Food Bank NYC
39 Broadway, New York, NY 10006
Caldwell Temple Soup Kitchen
1288 Reverend James A. Polite, Bronx, NY 10459
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
296 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10001
St. Joseph in Greenwich Village - Catholic Center at NYU
371 Sixth Ave, New York, NY 10014
University Community Social Services
137 East 2nd St, New York, NY 10009
The Sharing Community, Inc.
1 Hudson St, Yonkers, NY 10701