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2% for Urban Outreach Center

Urban Outreach Center works towards ending the hunger gap in NYC. 

Nov 19, 2022

The saying “de dónde comen dos comen tres" doesn't always hold true for thousands of New Yorkers.

The need for ending food insecurity in NYC is great with recent estimates showing that 1 in 10 New Yorkers1 and 1 in 4 NYC children2 are food insecure. Each year, Urban Outreach Center NYC addresses this issue by helping nearly 50,000 New Yorkers move with dignity out of homelessness and food insecurity. They provide healthy food, basic resources, and social services connections to low-income New Yorkers and their families with the mission of ending the hunger gap in East Harlem and the Upper East Side. We're proud to support them as our 2% for Justice recipient this month since food insecurity increases dramatically, especially among families with children during the holiday season.

The Urban Outreach Center serves a diverse population, they see guests from all over the five boroughs, from 2 months old to 90 years old. College students who need extra help with food, single parents, new immigrant families, and LGBTQIA+ youth.  

In addition to providing groceries through their pantry, the Urban Outreach Center provides emergency financial assistance to help families meet unexpected expenses  that prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place. They help guests obtain identification and mailing addresses for those that don’t have them so they can stay in touch with their loved ones and potential employers. These are some of the pivotal first steps to obtaining housing and employment.


Volunteer at the Urban Center’s food pantry, registering guests, loading and sorting groceries, and assisting with checkout. Or volunteer at their community dinner on Tuesdays preparing, cooking, and serving healthy meals to the guests. 


You can directly donate to the Urban Outreach Center of NYC here


To stay up to date on their latest news, follow the Urban Outreach Center of NYC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter


1. (2022). Hunger in New York. Feeding America. https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/new-york

2. (2022). Child Hunger in New York City. AMNY. https://www.amny.com/news/child-hunger-in-new-york-city-remains-at-a-record-high/