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Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service

Be Part of the Anti-Hunger Movement!

Through our strategic volunteerism initiative, Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service, NYCCAH works to transform the way people think and act to end hunger in their communities and around the country. We work to move people from accepting hunger to ending it. This means moving away from short-term charity to being active participants in a broad-based movement to ensure all people in the US have access to sufficient, affordable, nutritious, and convenient food.

While NYCCAH values all types of volunteerism, the truth is that volunteering to help people access federal nutrition benefits and increasing anti-hunger agencies’ capacity to meet client needs have the potential to make the greatest impact. That's why our volunteer program focuses on nutrition program outreach and skills-based activities with local emergency food programs.

Want to make an impact to reduce hunger in NYC? Become a NYCCAH Outreach or Pre-Screener Volunteer.

  1. Subscribe to our Volunteer Email List. Get all the latest news about our volunteer program and upcoming activities through our monthly newsletter.
  2. Attend a general volunteer orientation. To find out the dates and times of our upcoming orientations, email volunteer@nyccah.org.
  3. Once you attend an orientation, join us for an activity! To sign-up for an activity, email volunteer@nyccah.org.

Want to help a pantry or kitchen in need? Become a NYCCAH Skills-Based Volunteer:

  1. Subscribe to our Volunteer Email List.Get all the latest news about our volunteer program and  upcoming activities through our monthly newsletter.
  2. Attend a skills-based volunteer orientation. To sign up for an orientation, email our Skills-Based Volunteer Coordinator, Robert Westhoff, at rwesthoff@nyccah.org.
  3. Once you attend an orientation, sign up for a project! To sign-up for a volunteer project, email Robert Westhoff, at rwesthoff@nyccah.org.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:                                                 

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach Volunteer

Volunteers will distribute flyers that provide information on potential SNAP eligibility to residents in community locations. The flyers will also indicate where residents can be pre-screened for SNAP eligibility by one of our staff members.

WIC (Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) OutreachVolunteer

Volunteers will distribute flyers that provide information on potential WIC eligibility to residents in community locations. The flyers will also indicate where women can be assisted by a local WIC Clinic.

SNAP Pre-Screening Volunteer

Work one-on-one with residents to provide assistance with determining potential eligibility for SNAP.  This screening process involves asking detailed questions about someone’s income, household size, and rent among other eligibility factors. The pre-screener will answer questions about the application process and offer several options for how applications can be submitted.

Skills-Based Volunteer

We provide professional and technical assistance to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout New York City. Many of these pantries look for volunteers who are skilled in accounting, carpentry, graphic design, and grant-writing among other fields. We match volunteers with these agencies as projects arise.

You can find additional information about our strategic volunteerism initiative, and search for opportunities with other agencies: www.hungervolunteer.org

Neighborhood Guide to Food & Assistance Intern

The intern will assist two NYCCAH Benefits Access staff members in the updating and distribution of the Neighborhood Guide(s) to Food & Assistance. The Guides contain detailed information on how and where to access SNAP (formerly, food stamps), WIC, school and summer meals, senior meals, and soup kitchens and food pantries. He/she will call agencies already listed in the Guide to obtain updated location and contact information, and will perform research to identify new agencies to be included.  He/she will also contact all types of agencies, organizations, govt. offices, etc. in NYC to promote the Guides and ask if they’d like to receive bulk quantities, and will assist in their packing and shipping.

The ideal candidate has familiarity/experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, cold calling, internet researching, speaking Russian or Chinese, InDesign, Illustrator, lifting up to 35 pounds. Please contact volunteer@nyccah.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

Remember:

NYCCAH does not operate its own food pantry or soup kitchen. If you are an individual interested in helping with direct food or meal service at any point during the year, please visit our Hunger Maps feature to find a pantry or kitchen in your area and contact them directly to find out about their volunteer needs. 

Are you a Corporate, School or Non-Profit/Community Group?


If you are interested in partnering with us for a group activity, please e-mail our Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Shari Simon, at volunteer@nyccah.org.

Please refer to our Corporate Groups FAQs for more information. 

Interested in joining AmeriCorps VISTA?


If you are looking for a long-term opportunity to support anti-hunger work, that also serves as great professional development, you are welcome to apply to our Anti-Hunger Opportunity Corps, a national AmeriCorps VISTA program. You can find out more about the program and how to get involved by visiting their website.

Don’t have a lot of time to give? You can always Donate

Contact us: 
If you still have questions after reviewing this information, please email our Volunteer Program Coordinator at volunteer@nyccah.org.