New York Common Pantry

An uncommon solution to hunger.

New York, NY   |  http://www.nycommonpantry.org

Mission

New York Common Pantry is dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Mr. Stephen Grimaldi

Main address

8 East 109th Street

New York, NY 10029 USA

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Formerly known as

Yorkville Common Pantry

EIN

13-3127972

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

New York Common Pantry works toward the reduction of hunger and food insecurity through an array of programs that function to establish long-term independence for those we serve. Our whole-person approach starts with food provision through the distribution of nutritious, fresh food pantry packages in Choice Pantry and hearty balanced breakfast and dinner in the Hot Meals program. Supplemental food is provided to seniors aged 60 and older through Nourish. We then go further to address the reasons for food insecurity with case management services through Help 365 and Project Dignity, which connects homeless visitors to resources. The third vital element in our whole-person approach is education offered through our Live Healthy! program which teaches children and adults about the importance of a nutritionally sound diet and active living.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Choice Pantry, Hot Meals, & Project Dignity

Choice Pantry distributes nutritionally balanced grocery packages to over 300,000 visitors annually and allows them to pre-order their meals through our online service Pantry Direct, or on-site by using touch screen tablets.
This model empowers Pantry members to be active participants in the distribution process by encouraging them to pick the nutritious food they would like to receive.

Hot Meals serves fresh breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday at our 109th Street location. All meals are cooked on premises with staff preparing hearty, balanced meals with wholesome ingredients. Beyond providing nutritious food, the program also offers participants a chance to sit, eat, and socialize in a relaxing, safe, and friendly atmosphere that offers a retreat from the stressors of being homeless or living in poverty.

Project Dignity provides case management services to homeless individuals. Case managers offer counseling and referral services, access to benefits and entitlements, substance abuse treatment, and other medical and social services. Project Dignity’s array of services is also designed to meet the most basic needs of the Common Pantry’s visitors— food, haircuts, mail service, laundry—as well as the larger, more challenging issues they face—long-term housing, health care, and benefits. The goal of the program is to serve as a bridge back to health, well-being and self-sufficiency for our homeless and hungry guests.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

This Single Stop USA funded program is open 365 days a year to all Pantry members and provides screening by case managers to check for sufficient family income and resources. Help 365 staff assist with acquiring benefits and entitlements, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Social Security Supplemental Income; and provide assistance with accessing the other appropriate resources to prevent families from being evicted from their homes and by making employment referrals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

Now an Eat Smart New York program funded by the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Live Healthy! offers free nutrition education to adults, children, and their families. Live Healthy! provides lessons on healthful eating, nutrition, and active living, including eating on a budget, smart shopping for vegetables and fruit, and basic cooking and food safety skills. Classes are held both at our main site and at community organizations around New York City. Eat Smart New York nutrition education is free to all individuals who receive resources through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In addition to healthy eating and active living, Live Healthy! encourages participants to embrace resiliency skills and social support to improve overall quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

Nourish is a Commodity Supplementary Food Program, funded by the USDA and NYS Department of Health, that works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Unemployed people

Similar to our Manhattan program, Choice Pantry Bronx allows participants to choose culturally appropriate, nutritionally balanced food packages. This model empowers Pantry members to be active participants in the distribution process by encouraging them to pick the nutritious food they would like to receive.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Unemployed people

Where we work

Awards

FEED Hero Award 2011

FEED Foundation

Best Practice Award 2009

Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program

Hero Award 2009

Robin Hood Foundation

Gold Prize 2015

Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Live Healthy!

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Adults and children that engaged in classes about healthy and active living for overall improvement in quality of life.

Dollar amount of benefits accessed by pantry members (other than food)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Benefits accessed include help with tax returns, housing- and job-training referrals, SNAP and Medicare applications as well as many other resources.

Total number of meals provided (from all programs)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Including hot meals, brown bags, pantry meals, Sandy pantry meals, and Live Healthy! meals.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours of service performed by volunteers in our Choice Pantry and Hot Meals programs.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission statement guides New York Common Pantry as we address hunger, food insecurity and poverty through providing food pantry and meal distribution programs, case management, nutrition education and other related services. In 2017, we provided healthy groceries, hot meals and case management services to over 493,000 individuals throughout NYC and helped secure nearly $7 million in benefits and entitlements for our visitors.

Thorough data collection coupled with a culture of transparency drives clear communication with stakeholders through a sophisticated array of tools that starts with our Measuring Impact and Effectiveness Policy. Annual goals set under the policy are listed on a well-marked page of our website, with reporting on whether or not we met those goals.

Since 2009, New York Common Pantry has transformed as a result of developing data-centric systems, creating an effective strategic plan and emphasizing evaluation practices to measure impact. A robust data collection and record keeping platform has allowed us to quantify our activities and produce a data-driven management plan.

Our program databases allow us to see the exact numbers we serve in order to assess utilization and create goals for expanding services. Since 2015, New York Common Pantry has undertaken a multitude of new initiatives that help make a difference in the lives of our clients. While the programs have expanded and changed over the past 30 years, our mission to reduce hunger and promote dignity and self-sufficiency has remained constant. In addition, the Common Pantry's commitment to innovation and collaboration in order to better serve the community's needs has defined its unique standing among other food programs in New York City.

The diversity of our staff is reflective of the populations that we serve. 41% of our staff identify as Latino and speak Spanish, as do 65% of our guests. We focus on being inclusive and ensuring that services are available to everyone who comes through our doors.

New York Common Pantry fosters additional human resources and cost-effective practices by using volunteers, pro-bono partners and in-kind services whenever available. In 2017, 16,377 volunteers worked a total of 55,488 hours, saving New York Common Pantry over $1 million in labor costs. Volunteers help us to keep one of our key metrics, the cost per meal, low.

New York Common Pantry tracks our ability to offer services and excellent customer service through satisfaction and utilization surveys. These are administered annually during pantry visits via our tablet devices and are used to gather composite opinions about the agency and the services being provided.

Since first opening our doors in 1980, New York Common Pantry has tirelessly worked to reduce hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. Each year the number of people seeking our services increases and in order to better meet this growing need we have undertaken a historic expansion that will grow the agency's footprint in boroughs outside Manhattan. In 2017, we opened Choice Pantry Bronx a second site offering our full current array of Choice Pantry and Help 365 Case management services. Our Live Healthy! nutrition education program continues to grow, expanding into the Bronx, Queens and Upper Manhattan through over 20 community partner agencies.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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New York Common Pantry

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Elaine Clark

Sherrell Andrews

Nominating Committee Chair

Brad Beckstrom

Hartley Bernstein

Shannon Tyree Brown

Vice Chair; Development Committee Co-Chair

Elaine Clark

Didi Fenton-Schafer

Candice Frawley

Vice Chair

Robert Hetu

Finance Committee Chair

Stephen Jury

Camille Kelleher

Investment Committee Chair

Doreen Morales

Sara Moss

Michael Nachman

Vice Chair; Personnel Committee Chair

Wendy Stein

Program Committee Chair

Margaret Sung

Development Committee Co-Chair

Paul Emery

Treasurer

Ethan Schwartz

Thad Davis

Secretary

Jim Fishman

Rene Jocelyn

Dominique Jones

Susan Merrill

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes