Project Title

NMIC’s Food Pantry

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Date Awarded

December 15, 2020







The global coronavirus has brought uncertainty and anxiety into people’s lives, workplaces, and neighborhoods, particularly for those who work to improve the health of our communities.

During this difficult time, many organizations across New York State are working tirelessly to keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable. In response, NYHealth is supporting statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic. In 2020, NYHealth awarded the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) a grant to address food insecurity among New York City residents during the pandemic.

Under this grant, NMIC increased its food relief services to families in need. Demand for NMIC’s food pantry program has risen steeply since the pandemic started, and NMIC has doubled its distribution days per month for the community. NMIC coordinated a distribution schedule that assigns clients to a timeslot where they may come to pick up their food, which allows families to avoid long waits and lines. NMIC will continue to look for additional food supply sources for distribution to address the growing needs of families seeking its services.

View a complete list of COVID-19 response and relief efforts grantees.