Human Services

University Community Social Services Inc

We are more than just meatloaf.

aka University Community Social Services

New York, NY


Our goals are to serve the needs of New York's less fortunate, hungry, and homeless people for food and the vital social services that will give them a springboard back to the mainstream of life. 

Every Saturday we prepare and serve a continental breakfast for approximately 120 guests and prepare and serve, as in a restaurant, a early afternoon dinner for approximately 340 guests. Simultaneously with our food preparation we also provide social services and a job readiness program. We feel strongly that our food program and our additional social services help establish a caring community which advances mutual respect among those who have and those who have not and makes our environment more humane. There is not one paid position in our operation; everything is done by volunteers.

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Executive Director

Joseph J. Montano MA, LMSW

Main Address

PO Box 20930

New York, NY 10009 USA


Food and Social Services for the Homeless





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Congregate Meals (K34)

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Computer Skills Building Program

Social Services

Guest As Volunteer Experience: The GAVE Program

The Meatloaf Kitchen

The Meatloaf Pantry

La Meatloaf Boutique

Drop In Center and Lending and Giveaway Library

The Meatloaf Legal Clinic

Kid's Corner

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University Community Social Services is aiming to alleviate the suffering of New York's neediest by providing nourishing meals, pantry items and a place of respite for our guests where they can obtain, social services, emergency clothing and computer user support with the goal of finding additional services, employment and housing.

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Our volunteer base comes from NYC and its environs. The city and its environs are diverse. Our volunteer base naturally reflects that diversity. We anticipate expanding our board in the near future which will add to our board member diversity and better reflect the volunteer base.