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Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen Volunteer - adults 55+ only

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Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)/CSSNYC

Want to make a difference?

Want to help hungry New Yorkers down on their luck and in need of something to eat? Look no further as RSVP partners with a number of food pantries and soup kitchens that fight hunger across the five boroughs. Whether you want to serve on the front lines or behind-the-scenes, inquire today!

At food pantries, depending on the organization, volunteers may be responsible for conducting pantry intakes, stocking and organizing shelves, inventorying, and/or packing and distributing goods. There is also one in our network that has volunteers remotely helping clients who live all over the City place orders using a proprietary digital tool.

At soup kitchens, depending on the organization, volunteers may be responsible for setting tables, preparing meals, serving meals, cleaning up, and/or (at some programs) benefits counseling.

While many assignments may require helpers to be on their feet for relatively long periods, there may be less physically demanding assignments available--it does not hurt to ask! Also note that during the COVID-19 pandemic a number of pantries and kitchens have switched to grab-and-go models with curbside pickup.

Guess what?! There are even more great opportunities for volunteers 55 and older in all 5 boroughs!

RSVP works with over 250 partner organizations. If this opportunity is not for you, we can help you find another that is. Inquire about our active opportunities today and/or ask to be added to our contact list for after things settle down!

**Please note: all RSVP volunteer opportunities are for individuals 55 and older; also, most assignments are with our partners located across the City**

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About Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)/CSSNYC


633 Third Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10017, US

Mission Statement

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was started in 1966 by the Community Service Society (CSS), an over 170-year-old nonprofit agency. CSS's mission is to identify problems which create a permanent poverty class in New York City, and to advocate the systemic changes required to eliminate such problems. CSS will focus on enabling, empowering and promoting opportunities for poor families and individuals to develop their full potential, to contribute to society, and to realize social, economic and political opportunities.


RSVP matches adults 55 and older with meaningful volunteer opportunities at New York City nonprofits. With more than 2,300 volunteers, RSVP in New York City is one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation. There are over 600 RSVPs which operate nationally and many that do so internationally. We match volunteers on the basis of interests and abilities, community needs, geographic convenience, and experience.

Crisis Support


We'll work with your schedule.


CSS/RSVP633 Third Avenue10th FloorNew York, NY 10017



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Food Service
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 55

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