Meals & Nutrition

About Our Services

GMHC’s nutrition and meals services support the health and well-being of our clients living with HIV/AIDS. Each year, we provide our clients with over 100,000 meals.

Among our services, we offer nutrition counseling, nutrition education groups, monthly food vouchers, and a weekly Grab-and-Go food distribution that is currently paused and will resume March 1, 2023.

Keith Haring Food Pantry Program

Note: Grab-and-Go Food Distribution is currently on pause and will resume March 1, 2023

The Keith Haring Food Pantry Program provides food assistance services including:

  • Wednesday Grab-and-Go Food Distribution: Between 11:30am and 1:30pm on Wednesdays, the Keith Haring Food Pantry Program provides shelf stable, ready to eat foods to individuals in need of immediate or emergency food assistance. Starting in March 2023, shelf-stable pantry bags are available once per calendar month to anyone in need, regardless of HIV status or whether they are a GMHC client. GMHC clients will receive fresh produce and eggs in addition to shelf-stable items, while supplies last. See details below.
  • The Long-Term Pantry is a coordinated food assistance and nutrition education program that aims to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS. Please note: the long-term pantry currently provides monthly food vouchers while the agency is closed to clients. You must be a GMHC client to participate in Long-Term Food Pantry programs. These services will continue as planned.

 

In addition to providing onsite food distribution and food voucher mailing, our nutrition team also offers individual nutrition counseling, nutrition education groups, and cooking demonstrations.

To enroll in one of the long-term pantry programs, please email Nutrition@gmhc.org or call 212-367-1148.

GMHC on the Go Food Distribution

Note: Grab-and-Go Food Distribution is currently on pause and will resume March 1, 2023.

All attendees must show proof of ID to receive food. All attendees must wear a mask when entering the building. If you do not have a mask, the nutrition team will provide a disposable mask. Attendees are encouraged to bring carts or suitcases to help carry their groceries home. See below for more information!

  • Where will distribution occur? The agency lobby as well as the 4th and 5th floors of the building, located at 307 West 38th Street.
  • When will distribution occur? Every Wednesday from 11:30 am–1:30 pm resuming March 1, 2023.
  • Does distribution occur every week? November 16th will be the last Wednesday Grab-and-Go Distribution for 2022. More information to come regarding when Distribution will resume in the New Year.
  • Who can pick up food? Food is available to anyone in need—you do not need to be a GMHC client to receive food. All attendees must show proof of ID and wear a mask in the building. GMHC clients are not required to make a reservation beforehand, however community members that are not GMHC clients must make a reservation beforehand by calling the nutrition team, or reserving a spot via Plentifulapp.com. First-time attendees can be registered upon arrival.
  • What will be available? Foods are subject to change and available while supplies last
    • Pre-packaged, shelf-stable pantry bags and ready to eat meals
    • Fresh produce and eggs (for GMHC clients)
    • Hygiene kits, while supplies last

 Please direct any questions to: Nutrition@gmhc.org or call 212-367-1148

Meals Program

Due to COVID-19, in-person prepared meals are temporarily suspended. We look forward to reopening onsite meals in a limited capacity in 2023. Reservations will be required. Stay tuned for more information regarding meals reopening.

Meals & Nutrition

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, most of our Meals and Nutrition services are designed to serve the needs of people who are living with HIV/AIDS. However, our Grab-and-Go food distribution program is available to HIV-negative people who are experiencing food insecurity. Note: Grab-and-Go is temporarily paused and will resume March 1, 2023.

Yes, with the exception of the Grab-and-Go food distribution program, you must be a GMHC clients to access Meals and Nutrition services.

Yes, our services have different eligibility requirements. An intake specialist can help you understand requirements for our different services.

Contact

Contact the nutrition team at MealsHelp@gmhc.org or call 212-367-1148.

GMHC on the Go Food Distribution

GMHC On the Go Food Distribution is available to both GMHC clients and non-clients every Wednesday from 11:30 am–1:30 pm.

All attendees must show proof of ID to receive food. All attendees must wear a mask when entering the building. If you do not have a mask, the nutrition team will provide a disposable mask. Attendees are encouraged to bring carts or suitcases to help carry their groceries home. See below for more information!

  • Where will distribution occur?The agency lobby located at 307 West 38th Street. Prepare to wait online on the sidewalk to ensure physical distancing.
  • When will distribution occur? Every Wednesday from 11:30 am–1:30 pm
  • Who can pick up food? Food is available to anyone in need—you do not need to be a GMHC client to receive food. All attendees must show proof of ID and wear a mask in the building.
  • What will be available? Foods are subject to change and available while supplies last
    • Pre-packaged, shelf-stable pantry bags and ready to eat meals
    • Fresh produce and dairy products
    • Hygiene kits, while supplies last

 Please direct any questions to: Nutrition@gmhc.org or call 212-367-1148