Upward New York


Since Covid struck…

  • NYC mayor reports

    1 in 4
    New Yorkers

    lack adequate food.

  • 15 million

    of kosher food distributed through Met Council.

  • More than 7,500 volunteers helped cook, pack, and deliver food to


    including Holocaust survivors.

  • 65,600

    served by our digital food pantry system since 2017.

A shadow of hunger looms over the United States. In the pandemic economy, nearly one in eight households doesn’t have enough to eat.

— New York Times, 9.2.2020

And the needs continue...

Long before Covid-19 hit, food insecurity was a heartbreaking reality for far too many individuals and families in New York’s Jewish community. Now the pandemic has made a tough situation worse: Lunch programs at senior centers have been forced to shut down. Children have been unable to receive city-funded hot meals. Unemployment has hit record highs. The number of New Yorkers dealing with food insecurity has increased by 33%. And the Jewish community hasn’t been spared.

Not being able to feed yourself or your family is hard enough. Asking for help shouldn’t make you feel diminished. That’s why we’re putting the dignity of clients front and center, through our digital food pantries.

Your support will help vulnerable, low-income New Yorkers access free, nutritious food.

We’re continuing to transition the food pantries in our network to a digital system, allowing people to choose the food they want and need. And we’re making sure the elderly and others continuing to shelter in place get the food they need — safely.

Donate Now


See how our partners are feeding New Yorkers in need, with dignity.

Help Lift Up New York

There's no time to lose. We can find strength in one another and build a better world.

Join us today.