Meals & Nutrition

About This Service

Our meals and nutrition services support the health and well-being of our clients living with HIV/AIDS. Each year, we provide our clients with an estimated 78,000 meals. Among our services, we offer congregate meals in our dining room, nutrition counseling, nutrition education groups, and access to healthy food.

Meals Program

We provide free, nutritious lunch Monday through Thursday and dinner on Friday evening. [Note: Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended this program.] Our chef works closely with our registered dietitians to ensure that the food served supports the health of people with HIV/AIDS. Our chefs also host cooking demonstrations to our clients to support healthier food choices.

Keith Haring Food Pantry Program

The Keith Haring Food Pantry Program provides nutritional counseling and distributes hundreds of food packages per month, which are specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of our clients living with HIV/AIDS. Other food assistance services include:
  • The Short-Term Pantry (also known as the emergency pantry) provides shelf stable, mostly ready to eat foods to individuals in need of immediate or emergency food assistance. Short-term pantry bags are available to anyone in need, regardless of HIV status.
  • 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 and their dependent children. You must be a GMHC client enrolled in the Nutrition and Meals Services program to participate in the Long-Term Food Pantry program. To enroll, please email or call 212-367-1148.
Our nutrition team also offers individual nutrition counseling, nutrition education groups, cooking demonstrations and multivitamin supplements.

GMHC on the Go Food Distribution

PLEASE NOTE: Weekly food distribution services are currently PAUSED and will resume in March 2022.

  • Where will distribution occur? The lobby of our office on 307 West 38th Street. Prepare to wait in a line on the sidewalk to ensure physical distancing.
  • When will distribution occur? Every Wednesday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (resuming service in March 2022)
  • Who can pick up food?  Food is available to anyone in need—you do not need to be a GMHC client to receive food.
  • What will be available?
    • 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:

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 short-term pantry program is available to HIV-negative people who are experiencing food insecurity.

Yes, with the exception of the short-term pantry program, you must be a GMHC clients to access Meals and Nutrition services.

The first step is to meet with an intake specialist. Walk-in appointments are available Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Monday and Friday hours are by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 212-367-1057 or emailing

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


Contact the nutrition team at or call 212-367-1148.