Updated: Post-Hurricane Sandy Volunteer & Donation Opportunties

Below please find a list of post-Hurricane Sandy food-related volunteer and donation opportunities. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact the listed organizations directly. New opportunities are constantly available and we will do our best to update this page throughout the week. Or, follow us on Twitter @FSNYC. We will tweet volunteer opportunities as we hear about them.

Food Systems Network NYC wants to promote your post-Sandy food-related donation and volunteer opportunities to our members and network. Please send any volunteer or donation opportunities to info@foodsystemsnyc.org and we will post them to our website and share them with the Network.

Ample Harvest

To find a local food pantry accepting donations post-Sanday near you: AmpleHarvest.org, moving information instead of food to diminish hunger and malnutrition in America, is educating, encouraging and empowering millions of growers nationwide to share their excess harvest with the needy in their community instead of letting it rot in the garden.   For those looking to donate store bought food to a local food pantry, download our iTunes or Android apps (“AmpleHarvest”) and use them when you are in the grocery to help you locate a food pantry near you.  If you need help feeding your family, visit http://www.ampleharvest.org/211.php to find one near you.

Added Value

Added Value's Red Hook Community Farm Needs Help!  
Hurricane Sandy submerged the community farm in several feet of sea water when it came ashore on October 29th, 2012. Harvest ruined. Possible soil contamination. Topsoil an beehives lost. Office flooded. Added Value's Red Hook Farm grows more than just food. It catalyzes a Food Justice ecosystem in our community through youth empowerment programs.   And now, Added Value needs your help now more than ever. Here's how you can help:
-- Donate. A gift of any amount is welcome, via PayPal or Credit Card.

-- Volunteer.

-- Follow updates on AV's Facebook.

Brooklyn Grange
The beehives at Brooklyn Grange were swept away by the storm surge. Due to generous donations already received since Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn Grange will be redirecting any further contributions to relief efforts in local communities in greatest need.
City Harvest

1) Volunteer opportunities available this weekend. Email volunteerservices@cityharvest.org for more information.

2) To make a food donation: please contact: Racine Rodriguez at 347.443.8413 or rrodriguez@cityharvest.org.

3) Or, donate funds to help feed children, the elderly, and all hungry New Yorkers.

About City Harvest: Now serving New York City for more than 30 years, City Harvest is the world's first and the city's only food rescue organization.  Whether you're part of a group or just one person, there are plenty of ways for you to help in our fight against hunger. For information on other ways you can help City Harvest with the relief effort please click here.

City Meals on Wheels

Leading up to Hurricane Sandy and in the aftermath, Citymeals-on-Wheels has been taking emergency measures to ensure New York's homebound elderly have access to food. Given the impact on transportation and power, many of the senior centers they work with are understaffed. If you are able to volunteer for meal deliveries, they will need extra help throughout the week. Please see more information here. In addition to volunteers, they need to raise funds to replenish the depleted supplies in their warehouse. Make a gift today to help them respond to this crisis and prepare for the coming winter months.


#dineoutNYC has a great list of opportunities to donate, volunteer, or attend a special event benefitting Sandy relief efforts, many of them restaurant and food related!





Food Bank for New York City

Volunteers needed at the Food Bank’s warehouse, please fill out the form here. The Food Bank NYC’s warehouse is located at Hunts Point Cooperative Market, 355 Food Center Drive Bronx, NY 10474. Their phone is 718.991.4300. Since before day one of Sandy's assault on our city, Food Bank For New York City has continued to serve their network of charities and needy families. Sandy's impact is so much more than damage to buildings and trees. As new supplies of water and other supplies requiring no electricity roll into their warehouse, they know that they will be able to continue to meet the needs of hunger and poverty for those who have experienced it in the past and those meeting it for the first time as a result of this disaster. To join them in the fight, please: Donate Now, Volunteer, and Donate Food.



1) Donate a bag of market produce to help feed hungry New Yorkers. Donate-A-Bag opportunities are available at many Greenmarkets from now through Thanksgiving. Help feed hungry New Yorkers, those affected by Hurricane Sandy and relief workers by purchasing an extra bag of produce while you shop and bring it to the Market Information Tent. So far, Greenmarket customers are donating harvest season items in record numbers in response to the immense need for hunger relief that Sandy created, over 10,000 pounds have found their way to community kitchens, churches, shelters, food pantries and others serving victims of the storm.

2) Please consider a donation to GrowNYC when you are thinking about how to help New York City recover - many of the City's community and school gardens suffered damage and need assistance, their compost infrastructure took a hit and many items need replacing, additionally, GrowNYC will continue to provide the kind of education and services that help us understand and combat climate change through education, recycling, tree planting and care, storm management best practices like rainwater harvesting systems and more.  To make a donation, go to grownyc.org/donate.


Hot Bread Kitchen

Two ways that Hot Bread Kitchen is helping. Please, share this information with your networks.
1) Pay-what-you-can for fresh breads at our store, Hot Bread Almacen. Almacen is located at 115th Street and Park Avenue and is open Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm.  Pay-what-you-can until 11/11/12.
2) Bread donations for organizations in need. If you know of an organization that could utilize artisan bread, please email their Operations Manager, Rachael Nemeth to arrange a pick up.


Masbia needs help feeding 600+ relocated seniors at the Park Slope Armory. For only $6 they can serve one person a freshly cooked nutritious hot dinner. Donate here. Masbia soup kitchen network is where the rubber meets the road in the fight against hunger. They feed hot, nutritious meals to hungry men, women and children. No statistics. No bureaucracy. No middleman. They deposit food in empty stomachs.

The Met Council

To make an immediate difference, text the word SUSTAIN to 20222 and reply YES to make a $10 donation directly to Met Council. You can also easily make your gift online (www.metcouncil.org). Volunteers are greatly needed to hand out food and water to seniors who are without electricity. Please call before you arrive, but participants should arrive at 171 Lexington Avenue and be prepared to climb stairs. Please bring a flashlight to use, there is no lighting. Please also bring bottles of water, batteries, apples, and bananas to distribute to our low income seniors.  There will also be a collection spot at 171 Lexington Avenue to drop off bottled water.  If you would like to provide essential supplies to those in need, please ship them to the Met Council Food Warehouse at 5361 Preston Court, Brooklyn, New York 11234. The pressing needs are currently for these items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletries, diapers, wipes, baby formula, canned vegetables and fruits, nuts, hand sanitizer, peanut butter, and parmalat milk.  They are unable to accept additional items at this time.

Neighbors Together

If you are looking for a way to contribute directly to those in need post-Hurricane Sandy, Neighbors Together could use your financial support as they repair the damage to their industrial freezer and refrigerator and recover from food loss at their soup kitchen. Help them be able to resume feeding meals to their members. Neighbors Together is committed to ending hunger and poverty in the Ocean Hill, Brownsville, and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn, one of the lowest-income areas in New York City. Donate here. Thank you for your generosity!

New York Cares

Hurricane Sandy response projects are being posted on a rolling basis. They have been filling up quickly so please bookmark their Hurricane-related search results page, and check back often.



New York City Coalition Against Hunger

Volunteer thru NYCCAH to support community soup kitchens and food pantry serving New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy. NYCCHAH is posting volunteer opportunities on their Facebook page as they become available. Visit their Facebook page here or email NYCCAHvolunteer@gmail.com.



North Star Fund

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which has devastated much of the tri-state area, North Star Fund created a Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund to help the most vulnerable residents and communities in our region recover. Donate here.


NYC Service

NYC Service lists a variety of ways to volunteer or donate. Check their website for opportunities.

Occupy Sandy Relief

Click here for the latest volunteer information. This website lists opportunities by neighborhood.
Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. They are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street, 350.org, recovers.org and interoccupy.net. To view a list of hubs they have set up, visit http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/
or follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/occupysandyreliefnyc.

Print Restaurant

Print Restaurant located at West 48th Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan is cooking food for The American Red Cross. They're looking for several things.
1.    Food donations for to cook with
2.    Volunteers to help cook (volunteers need to actually know how to prep/cook)
3.    They're also interested in cooking for others in need so and will do so if you have transportation and are willing to pick up
4.    They're also interested in whether other restaurants, bakeries, etc want to collaborate
Contact johanna@printrestaurant.com
Red Cross

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: American Red Cross is seeking volunteers 16 or older to work 12-hour shifts at local New York City shelters. Need to be able to carry 50 lbs. Go here for more info and application.




Red Hook Initiative

Check their website daily for where to report.
The Red Hook Initiative is currently acting as the center for hurricane recovery efforts in Red Hook, Brooklyn. All donations received at this time will go to support supply distribution, serving hot meals, coordinating community volunteer efforts, and supporting Red Hook residents impacted by the hurricane.



UJA Federation of New York

UJA Federation of New York lists many specific volunteer opportunities here. To learn about more volunteer opportunities with UJA in the coming weeks to help people devastated by Hurricane Sandy, please fill out a form and someone will contact you shortly. Or, donate to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.



United Way NYC

The United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund was established to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address hurricane recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. Donate here.
NEW JERSEY (from WNYC.org)
Community Food Bank of NJ is seeking food donations - call 908.355.3663 or visit the website to find out how and where to give.

Jersey Cares is coordinating volunteers with opportunities near them. Sherry Fazio, with NJ Cares, says the most important thing to do is register with their website to help in the coming weeks as projects look for help. If her family is any indication, she expects water, blankets and non-perishable food will be items requested in the days to come.

An emergency response hotline: 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397) - they're looking for trained volunteers who are affiliated with an emergency response organization to volunteer their services. Gov. Chris Christie's office says the hotline is getting an overwhelming response, so another number to try is 609-218-0460.

Or, check this website http://nj1015.com/volunteer-for-hurricane-sandy-emergency-response-nj/


The Long Island Volunteer Center is registering volunteers.


Food Bank for Westchester is accepting donations of food to help area residents without power. Check the website for a detailed list.

The Volunteer Center is coordinating volunteer and relief efforts. The website also includes a list of places in Westchester accepting donations and help.