A Hungry City: Food Insecurity in New York

Common Grounds Conversation, Tuesday November 8, 5:30 PM,

McShane Campus Center, Room 311

Please join our community partners Jack Marth from POTS, and Cassandra Agredo from Xavier Mission, as they discuss food insecurity in NYC and the impact of Covid 19, current efforts to address it, the effect of the influx of migrants to the city, hunger on campus, ways to help, and more.

This is a recording of the webinar:
A Hungry City: Food Insecurity in New York

Hunger is a feeling you get when you haven’t eaten. It’s a physical feeling of discomfort, while food insecurity is an economic condition.

When someone is food insecure, it means they don’t have the means to access enough nutritious food on a regular basis. In food-insecure households, people often make choices between getting only what they can afford – which is usually cheap and/or nutrient-deficient – or skipping meals. Living in an extended state of food insecurity can have negative impacts on physical, emotional, social, and mental well-being.

Food insecurity is strongly associated with a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. For depression and anxiety, food-insecure individuals have almost a threefold risk increase compared to food-secure individuals.

What can be done?  Get involved in our community to learn more about efforts to address food insecurity and engage directly with people experiencing food insecurity. 

Sign up with the Pedro Arrupe Volunteers PAV Fall 2022 Sign Up

Volunteer at POTS Bronx

Volunteer at Xavier Mission NYC

Volunteer at Port Authority Team TLC Bus Greeters 

Contribute to the Fordham University Annual Food Drive which will benefit community partners addressing food insecurity including POTS,  Xavier Mission , Carver Center Portchester, Creston Avenue Baptist Soup Kitchen, Our Lady of Mercy Church, and Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

Food Insecurity is a real threat to the success of our students on campus.  It is estimated that more than one in three students experience food insecurity on college campuses. Students experiencing food insecurity have a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Aramark has added guest meals at no cost to student Unlimited and Weekly meal plans that can be donated to a fund for distribution to students experiencing food insecurity.  These meals expire at the end of the semester, but never expire once donated Guest meal donation form.

Students experiencing food insecurity can email Campus Ministry Rose Hill, cm@fordham.edu or Lincoln Center, campusminlc@fordham.edu.

If you don’t have a meal plan and want to support students, you can donate to the Student Emergency Fund.

Additional resources for those experiencing food insecurity:

Part of the Solution in the Bronx has a food pantry (Webster Avenue) but they also offer assistance in signing up for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants, Children) and other Federal benefits you can email infomation@potsbronx.org or call (718) 220-4892 x 101 to request assistance. 

Map of NYC food pantries and soup kitchens

Bronx Impact Resource guide

FOOD HELP NYC

Hunger Free NYC

Hunger Solutions NY