446 W. 36th St.,
New York NY 10018

(212) 629-7440

The Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry meets the nutritional needs of a diverse group of low-income, working poor and HIV+ individuals and families in an environment of respect and confidentiality. Last year, The Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry served over 170,000 pounds of food and offered thousands of referrals to culturally-competent community partners.

The Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry’s client-choice model allows guests to select their own groceries, thus eliminating food waste and putting choice back in the hands of those receiving food. Snack bags of nutritious food are available to all four days a week.

A specialized pantry program for those living with HIV/AIDS offers high-protein, easy to prepare groceries that complement anti-retroviral therapy.
On Thursday mornings, the Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry is open to all, providing assistance in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

The Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry has turned grocery distribution into an ongoing opportunity for nutrition education and benefits outreach.

A partnership with the United Way enables us to provide fresh produce for our customers each week.

Client-Choice Pantry Distribution
(open to all):
Thursday 9 a.m. –10 a.m.

Snack Bag Distribution (open to all):
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

PLWHA Pantry (M11Q required):
Tuesday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

From Hello Fresh to Hello Community Dinner!

- Bradley Curry / Community Dinner Director

It was just a year ago that I still used the oven as a storage place for various things including plastic and reusable bags.  Cooking was putting a can of soup in a bowl and nuking it in the microwave or a box of Lean Cuisine.  

Around this time, I was approached by a salesperson in the street to try HelloFresh. Caught a little off guard and acting spontaneously, I signed up for a three-month trial, receiving new recipes and a box of ingredients for three meals each week. 

As I learned to make basic, nutritious, yet interesting meals, I found how enjoyable it was to make homemade dishes for us at home.

Fast forward to August 2016 when there was a need for someone to take over preparing and serving the Community Dinner that takes place at MCCNY on the last Tuesday of every month at 5 PM, serving anywhere from 15 to 25 people on the average. 

A little voice inside me said that it was something that could be right up my alley, combining my love for hospitality with my new-found joy in cooking. . . so I agreed to give it a whirl.  That was the start of it and now almost a year later, I am still at it.


Community Dinner is a special outreach - it is for anyone who would like a nice meal and a little community fellowship.  Although the first floor space is very raw, it is amazing what lowered lights, a couple tablecloths, flowers, candles, candy for table scatter, appetizer plates and ambient music can do to make a welcoming atmosphere for our guests.  For many who do not have the opportunity to have a pleasant dining experience, it is the chance to do so.  

Rev. Pat serving baked dreaded fish and vegetables
The serving team of Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Ernesto Declet-Ross, and John Phelps has it down to a science.  After Rev. Pat's opening with a prayer,the machine team pulls out all the stops in serving people their drinks and meals with kindness (combined with efficiency!) and genuine care.
Appetizers have ranged from tuna sald with dill weed on flax crackers to prosciutto-wrapped watermelon to grapes and cheese; entrees from baked salmon over asparagus to parmesan-crusted chicken to turkey meatloaf to spaghetti and meatballs.  And of course, there is always a great dessert.

If ever in the area on Community Dinner day, consider partaking in the meal, either as a guest or as part of the serving team!  All are welcome and all walk away with the memory of a tasteful and satisfying communal experience.

- Bradley Curry / Community Dinner Director

Community Dinner
 (open to all):
final Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

446 West 36th Street, Ground Floor

For more information contact Mike Easterling, CFO
MCCNY. at mike.mccny@gmail.com