The People’s Food Pantry
The People's Food Pantry is a direct response to the disinvestment from the socioeconomic infrastructure of Black and Brown neighborhoods in New York City. Coupled with continued rollbacks and lack of funding for public and social services, these actions have subjected our communities to decades of socio-economic inequality. It will serve as a temporary survival program as we work towards a new era of social justice. Our goal is to support families with economic insecurities exacerbated by COVID-19.
Who Are We?
We are a collective of socially and politically engaged community members who would like to aid our people to the best of our ability. We aim to ensure food security for neighborhoods with low income who have been most harmed by the city’s lack of targeted response to COVID-19.
This project was inspired by the spirits of revolutionary organizations such as the Black Panthers and Young Lords. We hope to offer support to all oppressed people, build our communities, and promote conscientious civic involvement.
We will begin with over 300 grocery bags full of nutritious food items and other necessities to distribute throughout Harlem. In 2018, the rates of poverty in West Harlem (20%), Central Harlem (25.5%), and East Harlem (31.1%) nearly doubled the overall city poverty rate( 17.3%). In the future, we hope to expand into Jamaica, Queens, and Manhattan’s Lowest East Side, neighborhoods with rates of poverty of 13.1% and 30%, respectively.
We are actively growing our network and expanding our strategy to provide for as many of our communities as possible. We aim to build community and rely on an ongoing community effort. You can learn more about our mission and donate here.