Meals & Nutrition

About Our Services

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 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.

Keith Haring Food Pantry Program

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

  • The Short-Term Pantry (also known as the emergency pantry) provides shelf stable, 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. Short-term pantry bags are distributed in addition to fresh produce at GMHC On the Go every Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm from the agency lobby. 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.


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

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

Meals Program

 Due to COVID-19, in-person prepared meals are temporarily suspended. In addition to fresh produce, shelf-stable ready to eat meals will be available at GMHC On the Go.

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.

Due to COVID-19, staff are providing remote (via-phone) intake services for people who wish to become a GMHC client and access services. We are also contacting clients in need of reassessments and conducting reassessments via phone. Staff will assess client needs and make referrals as appropriate both internally and externally. Contact: Denise Roman, senior intake specialist, deniser@gmhc.org, or (212) 367-1133

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