Recently at the Pantry
NYCP Staffer Noby Rivera named New Yorker of the Week
Noby Rivera was nominated by Choice Pantry member Michelle Vierra for the cheerful spirit with which she helps our guests.  Check out the video below:

Noby Rivera - NY'er of the Week

New York Common Pantry receives grant from AIG

NYCP's partners at AIG have provided us with a substantial grant in addition to their volunteer support.  The grant will be used to support our food distribution and other programs.

In addition to financial support, AIG's employees have provided over 850 hours of service to the agency over the past three years.   In addition to serving dinner in the Hot Meals program, AIG volunteers help pack and distribute grocery packages to families in our Choice Pantry.   The grant is a result of the growing partnership between the Pantry and AIG, which is based in long-term volunteerism and on-site participation in multiple food drives.  "AIG's support for our food programs alongside their dedicated volunteerism comes at a crucial point where we continue to see new people needing our services," stated Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director of NYCP.

Thanks to the funding from AIG, NYCP will continue to be able to provide healthy food and other services to increasing numbers of Pantry members and visitors.

2015's Fill the Bag Benefit: A Night of Community

(l-r)Michael Nachman, Cheryl Wills, Linda E. Holt, Wells Fargo's Deborah Smith, Sara E. Moss, and Stephen Grimaldi

On March 10, 2015, nearly 350 supporters of the Pantry came to Gotham Hall for our 2015 Fill the Bag Benefit.  This year our honorees included Linda E. Holt and Wells Fargo.  Linda was the recipient of The Estée Lauder Companies Distinguished Volunteer Award and Wells Fargo received the Corporate Partner Award.  We were proud to celebrate their achievements and recognize their contributions to ending hunger in our city.

Mistress of Ceremonies Cheryl Wills
Cheryl Wills of NY1 served as our Mistress of Ceremonies, welcomed the night's guests, and announced that Noby Rivera, NYCP Food Programs Associate, would be named NY'er of the week.  Instead of showing a video, this year we curated a community parade, which included staff, Pantry members, donors, and supporters to show our guests the integral nature of the Pantry.

The evening also included a digital silent auction, wine wall, and paddle raise.  We are happy to share that the evening raised over $705,000 to support the Pantry's vital work.

The event received photo coverage courtesy of Bill Cunningham in The New York Times, which can be seen here.

Additional pictures of the night can be found by visiting
our facebook page.

Gotham Hall

Guests participating in our Paddle Raise

Pantry member Michelle Vierra sharing how NYCP
has impacted her life

Guests mingling during the cocktail hour and
perusing the Silent Auction

Successful paddle raise

SOUP-er Bowl 2015 Results!

The final pass has been made, the final point has been scored ... New York Common Pantry's 2015 SOUP-er Bowl has come to an end.   Tremendous thanks to all of the schools and organizations that participated in this year's collection.  We are so grateful to be providing food items that keep our Pantry Members' stomachs full and their bodies warm, especially during this very cold winter.

We are excited to announce that, this year's SOUP-er Bowl resulted in the collection of 19,678 items.  A special congratulations goes out to this year's SOUP-er Bowl champion.  It's a THREE-PEAT: The Buckley School wins again!!!  Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Buckley community, the school collected 10,000 items!  The pantry is overflowing with cans and soup and boxes of pasta thanks to this incredible score.  Fantastic job, Buckley!

With a very impressive collection of 3,087 items, our second place winner is St. Bernard's!  Our rookie team, Hewitt, is our third place winner with a collection of 2,896 items—incredible!

Additional thanks to all of our collecting teams:  Spence, Horace Mann, Trevor, East Side Middle School, Temple Emanu-El Nursery School, East Side School for Social Action and Children's Aid Society for participating in the 2015 SOUP-er Bowl!

For more information about the SOUP-er Bowl, or if you would like to participate in additional food drives throughout the year, please contact Jen Winter at 917-720-9710 or

$5,341,950 Grant Received for Eat Smart New York Education
Through Our Live Healthy! Program

New York Common Pantry (NYCP) has been awarded a grant of $1,048,390 per year for 5 years from the New York Office of Temporary Disability Assistance to institute an Eat Smart New York (ESNY) nutrition education program in parts of Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.   The program is expected to reach as many as 4,800 participants each month through over 20 community partner agencies.

The ESNY program will enhance and expand NYCP's nutrition education efforts, including its Live Healthy! program, which presents a holistic curriculum including active living, social supports and self-esteem elements to educate adults and children, about healthy eating and nutrition, active living and resiliency skills to improve their overall quality of life.  It will provide a greater impact in the fight against obesity and other nutrition-related issues faced by SNAP-eligible residents in the city.

ESNY is a federally funded program that promotes the acquisition of life-long healthy habits in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems by providing free nutrition and anti-obesity workshops.

New York Common Pantry featured on The Rachael Ray Show

Check out New York Common Pantry featured on Rachael Ray with Josh Duhamel and Joshua's Heart Foundation in partnership with Unilever Project Sunlight.

The Power Rangers visit the Pantry
Check out some of the photos of them doing Ranger Activities with our Live Healthy! kids and handing out our Thanksgiving packages!

Power Rangers Visit NY Common Pantry
Power Rangers Visit NY Common Pantry Power Rangers Visit NY Common Pantry
Power Rangers Visit NY Common Pantry Power Rangers Visit NY Common Pantry
Power Rangers Visit NY Common Pantry Power Rangers Visit NY Common Pantry

2014 Fill the Bag Benefit - Video


Faces of NYCP:  Meet Ricky
Ricky in the Hall

Ricky was a part of New York City's workforce for many years.  Born in Hell's Kitchen and a New Yorker all his life, Ricky says he first went to work in his father's construction business, and later worked for both financial firms and newspapers.  Ricky has a small apartment near our building on 109th Street but little income at this point in his life.  After he pays rent he has little money left over for food, so he comes to New York Common Pantry for hot meals several times a week.  Today we meet an increasing number of seniors like Ricky, who've made their contribution to the city and now need our help.

French Officials Visit NY Common Pantry
French Officials Vist NY Common Pantry
From left to right:  Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York City - Neill Bogan, Director of Development
and Communications - Wendy A. Stein, Board Chair - Guillaume Garot, France's Minister of State for the Agrifood Sector -
Daniel Reyes, Director of Programs and Operations - Christophe Malvezin, Agricultural Counselor at the French
Embassy in Washington

NY Common Pantry was honored to welcome a visit on July 2, 2013 by Guillaume Garot, France's Minister of State for the Agrifood Sector, along with Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York City, and other guests who toured the Pantry to learn about our programs and the people we serve.

We were proud to help them learn about our Choice Pantry system, food rescue efforts, and other programs that work to reduce hunger and promote dignity and self-sufficiency for residents of New York City.

French Officials Vist NY Common Pantry

We Are Redburn’s Charity of the Year!
About Redburn
We're proud to have been named Redburn's Charity of the Year for New York City.  Staff of the independent equities broker will take part in volunteer and fundraising projects with us over the next 12 months, and the company will make a cash award to support our programs.

Find out more about their charitable work here.   Thank you, Redburn!

Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED, Feeding America and
Target visit New York Common Pantry!
Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED, Feeding America and Target visit New York Common Pantry!

New York Common Pantry was treated to a visit from Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED, Feeding America, and Target.   Lauren's work with FEED provides food for children around the world, including here at our Pantry.   Check out Target's video above to see how Lauren worked with a Pantry member using the tablets to choose her food.

Our Fill the Bag Benefit
was a Great Success!
2013 Benefit was a Great Success!

Our annual Fill the Bag Benefit was one of our most successful!  Board Chair Wendy A. Stein and Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi unveiled our name change to New York Common Pantry!  Maurice DuBois, WCBS-TV news anchor, was Master of Ceremonies and Karl Green, Director of Furniture and Decorative Arts for Bonhams in New York, served as auctioneer.

Honorees included Dr. Karen C. Altfest, who received the Founder Award.  Community Partner Awards were presented to Fairway Market and Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED.

2013 Fill the Bag Benefit from New York Common Pantry on Vimeo.

View the video and photos from the Benefit here.

New York Common Pantry’s Board Chair discusses name change with The Wall Street Journal
“When Wendy A. Stein wants to find a bit of happiness, she bags onions ...”

New York Common Pantry’s Board Chair discusses name change with The Wall Street Journal

Read the Wall Street Journal article written by Melanie Grayce West.

Common Pantry receives Kathy Goldman Innovation Award
from Food Bank For New York City
New York Common Pantry is the proud recipient of Food Bank For New York City’s Kathy Goldman Innovation Award.  Formerly called the Member of the Year Award, it was renamed this year to celebrate Kathy Goldman, founder of Food Bank For New York City.  The Common Pantry received this prestigious award for Pantry Direct, the technology component of our Choice Pantry and other innovations.

Pantry Direct offers our Pantry members the convenience of choosing their food online.  The Common Pantry is honored to receive this award from Food Bank for New York City.

Sandy Relief Continues
New York struggles with the effects of Superstorm Sandy.  In line with our mission of serving the entire city, we will continue to provide storm relief through the first half of the year.  We are grateful for emergency funding from the Robin Hood Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children as well as the many other contributions that will make this possible.

Since November, we have sent thousands of bagged meals as well as tons of other food and supplies to areas affected by Sandy.  We encourage you to continue collecting food or supplies; as needs change regularly, please check the current needs listed here before you begin.  If you have questions please do not hesitate to call (917) 720-1729 or e-mail

Please consider making a donation to help support our relief efforts or general operations, and we will put your good will to work.

Fill the Bag Benefit
March 7, 2013
Benefit Video

2013 Fill the Bag Benefit from New York Common Pantry on Vimeo.

Benefit Photos

Fresh Direct
Our partnership with FreshDirect continues.  We are grateful to the many people who have purchased FreshDirect gift cards for $25, $50, or $100 that come straight to NY Common Panty, allowing us to add that amount, pre-paid, to our food order for distribution through the Pantry.

You can purchase gift cards at in time for our major food distribution period through Thanksgiving and the Holidays.  Thanks to FreshDirect and our donors!


2014 - This year's Benefit the Most Successful to Date

NYCP 2014 from Alexander Meillier on Vimeo.

2013 - Our Fill the Bag Benefit was a Big Success

2013 Fill the Bag Benefit from New York Common Pantry on Vimeo.

2012 Pantry Member Video Spotlight

2012 Benefit Video. Other videos from New York Common Pantry on Vimeo.

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Stephen Grimaldi - New Yorker of the Week

ARD German TV reports at Common Pantry!

ING/MTM Donate Computer Equipment & Services

ING give back to Common Pantry

2011 Client Spotlight

Rosanna Scotto of Fox5 News Emcee's Common Pantry's 2011 Spring Benefit

After Hours: March 14:

Interview with Stephen Grimaldi 2011

Common Pantry Thanksgiving:  Fox 5 News

Robin Hood Foundation Celebrates Local Hero

Robin Hood Hero | Halana